The club has been working on a Log Book template that can be printed at home and completed regularly by your swimmers.
The use of a Log Book is something I believe can be extremely useful in aiding all swimmers to reach their potential.
Please click here to download a copy of the St Ives Bay Swim Club Log Book. Below, please find a list and brief explanation of the ways that using a Log Book correctly, can help you keep track of your progress, get more from your training, discipline yourself and set better goals.
By recording your sessions you will be able to refer back to your workouts and sets to identify if you have been working efficiently and to your potential. Keeping track of your rate of perceived effort and noting if you didn’t complete a set is a good way to track how your training is preparing you to reach the goals you have set for yourself come competition time.
Tracking your progression and improvements in training and at competitions will give you more information to refer to when it comes to setting your goals. Setting unrealistic goals is something that leads to discouragement and ultimately a lack of interest. Referring to the information you have compiled when setting your goals enables you to see how quickly (or slowly) you have been progressing, this feedback can then be used to set a realistic goal that is individual to you.
Being able to track your sessions and perceived effort over the course of each season will enable you to identify where the hard work in training has paid off and resulted in personal accomplishments. Referring back to these periods will give you the incentive to continue to push yourself or spur you on through a cycle in your training that you have neglected and therefore not made best use of.
Finding patterns in your training and performance can be a useful tool to better understand what prepares you best as an individual to make the most of your time in the pool.
5-Motivate and Improve Work Ethic
An added benefit of keeping your sessions logged is that it can serve as an internal motivator. The thought of being able to record another completed session in which your perceived effort was good, against that of recording a session that you did not perform in can motivate you to put in the extra effort required to get the most from your training.