“Post Activity Comments and Enter a new comment.” It is a section in every single TrainingPeaks workout. It is a highly underappreciated tool for the athlete and the coach. Most of the time both people are concerned about the numbers and the pretty graphs in the “analyze” section. Leaving the comments blank and just looking at the objective data only gives you 70% of the picture. Imagine completing a workout in the rain while just coming off of a little head cold. You then complete that same workout in a couple of weeks and go back to compare your results. You open it up and see that you have improved a ton! But you didn’t fill out the post workout comments so you didn’t remember that you had been sick and it was raining that day. You just see that your data is higher which means you are doing something right, correct? As we all know, this isn’t always the case. Comparing workouts without context of emotional, physical, and environmental data reduces the quality of the objective data.
So what should you write in that comment section? In the end it is up to you. I will provide some easy guidelines for you to follow. You can adapt these to fit your style. Just fill in those comments! If you are a coach, challenge your athletes to fill in those blocks.
The one minute comments: Start small. If you are really rushed, tired, or just don’t feel like writing any comments do this:
The in-depth comments: If you have some additional motivation or time to write follow these guidelines: