One of the biggest sources of friction in coaching is communication. I have never blamed athletes for this. At best it is clunky to communicate through apps and training devices … but all this is slowly changing as things happen automatically. There are a few newer features and apps I think you should check out from TrainingPeaks.com and HRV4Training.
How did You feel represented by 5-options of smiley, or not so smiley, faces!
This should now pop up in the mobile app and on the website when logging a workout … go with your gut feeling on these ratings. First feelings/thoughts not what you think your coach wants to hear!
RPE … how hard was the workout
You can also rate this after you finish the workout in the workout pop-up window and a slider scale from very easy -> moderate -> All Out!
To Augment your comments – use the Training Peaks Mobile App and ask yourself
WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN, HOW MANY, HOW MUCH, HOW FEEL YOU?
Telling your coach (or your future self) what you did on that day, where you rode, who you rode with, how many reps, what strategy/goal did you have, how you felt and any other things that are relevant like gear, stops for lunch, blips in your device files, or saddle sores and other ‘niggles’ that might be important for future injury/illness decisions.
Use HRV4Training to get resting HR, HRV **AND** post ‘metrics’ and ‘annotations’ to Training Peaks
This app is great. It works. It is simple and has been around for ~5 years. I have used it for over 3 years. The data is good and it just requires your smartphone camera and your finger. While HRV and HR is great to have the added bonuses of 1-5 minutes (you choose duration) to meditate each day AND send metrics/comments to your training peaks account to sit with all your automatic training file uploads is HUGE.
Link to 2 podcasts with Marco the HRV4Training creator on Consummate Athlete: LINK
Make sure to turn all the metrics on and fill it out each morning – above screenshot shows key spot in HRV4Training APP
This is the metrics window where you, or your coach, can see how you are doing each day.
The annotations (notes) is a huge win for communication if you make the 2min habit each morning
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