I’ll admit it: I’m a bit obsessed with recording my workouts in a journal. Every single day, I write what kind of workouts I accomplished and additional notes as necessary about how I felt during the workout, who I was with, if I had any aches or pains, or what the weather was like.
I know you can do all of this in Garmin Connect, Training Peaks, etc., but actually writing things down helps you see patterns, possibly catch injuries before they get out of hand, and hold yourself accountable.
You don’t have to buy a fancy journal or get all into bullet journaling to do this. I maintain a bullet journal, but I don’t get all arts and craftsy in it since I would rather save that for the canvases stacked in my office. My only concession to bullet journaling is that I like my highlighters and fancy Pilot Precise Pens in green, aqua, blue, pink, red, and black. Seriously, all you really need is a spare spiral notebook and a pen or pencil, and if you’re like me, a neat little journal for $5 from a craft store. Whatever you do, keep it simple. Here’s an example of mine:
For me, it’s important to write down which shoes I wore because I rotate between a few pairs and want to keep track of shoe mileage and year to date mileage. Written above my workouts for the day is a to-do list, and below my workouts is my personal journal entry about whatever I feel like writing. Each day then has three parts:
- Date and To Do List
- Workouts and miscellaneous notes
- Personal journal entry
That’s it! Go ahead and write it down and post pictures of your journal below!