Many competitive dragonboat paddlers keep a training log to record their training activities and race times. They record in their log the sessions about on-water training, pool, weight training and other aspects important to their success in Dragonboating.
You can also include body vitals, such as: body weight, body fat %, resting heart rate, girth measurements of waist, chest, legs and arms. These are usually recorded initally at the start of a training programme / season and not at each session. Then at the end of the season, a paddler can look back at their improvements, not just in race times, but in their overall body conditioning.
|Body Fat %:||
|Resting Heart Rate:||
|– Arms (biceps)||
|– Legs (thighs)||
How to record your data?
A simple way to make sure your data is recorded accurately is to buy an exercise book with lines and draw some columns with headings (you can also type it into a computer on an excel spreadsheet and print it out as well, or even more advanced is to store it on a PDA, whichever way you choose just make sure you can access it easily after every training session). Here’s an example of what I do:
|Date||Description of training||How long did I train for?||Excercises Performed||How I felt?|
|1/12/2008||Water Training||1.5 hours||3 sets x 1.5km paddling @ 60%, 2 min rest between
3 sets x 500m paddling @ 90%, 1 min rest between
|It was an intensive session, though I felt I struggled at the end with the power sets. I did feel the boat lag today as most people were tired from the race on the weekend.|
Also a crucial aspect is to be honest with what you do on the water and off the water. Write a brief summary of how you felt after the training session and make sure it’s dated.
Training logs will help you in the long term. If you have a bad racing year, you can look back at previous years logs and find out how hard you trained and felt in previous years. Good paddling years are usually a result of how well you have trained.
If you are like me and would prefer to keep everything electronic on the Internet, here’s a website called iLog that can keep track of your training sessions and results.
Good luck with your training and if you have any additional comments, please write them below.