Training Dashboard Iteration #1 | TrainingMetrix

I thought I would show off a triathlon training dashboard that incorporates all aspects of performance at a high level.  The back end to this is proprietary, but it illustrates the importance of looking at the larger picture when achieving peak performance is crucial.

Iteration #1 – TrainingMetrix Analytic Performance Dashboard

There are six key pieces of information in the above dashboard for the athlete to digest (from top left, clockwise):

  • Weight and TM Performance score.
  • TM Performance Score
  • Daily Workout Score Plot
  • Upcoming Events
  • TM Performance Variable
  • Weekly Goals

How do all of these pieces of information work together? Well, in the above dashboard, you can see a customized example of a triathlete that is rather inconsistent with their training, their life, and therefore their weight and performance score are trending in the wrong direction. This triathlete needs to focus on:

  • Consistency of workouts, which will help reduce their life and workout scores
  • Eating a consistent healthy diet, reducing their nutrition score

Focusing on these two variables, the triathlete can then start tracking toward improved performance and reduce their TrainingMetrix Performance Score.

Dashboards apply to much more than just business related use cases. Fitness and triathlon training can benefit greatly from a well designed dashboard showing analysis from comprehensive data collection. TrainingMetrix (the company I recently founded) is one of the most comprehensive fitness tracking solutions on the market. I developed it from my three years of triathlon training. For more information, visit http://www.trainingmetrix.com

Triathlons, Kayakers, Runners, and 2010

2009 was such an awesome year for my fitness goals. 

I finished three triathlons, half dozen running events, and found inspiration where I never thought I would. 

With my recent completion of the UCSB Triathlon, I am looking toward 2010 with more motivation than ever.  That sense of competition, meeting people and hearing their fitness stories, sharing tips, pushing myself to the next big milestone, and enjoying the wonderful outdoors all make my 2010 fitness goals that much more alluring. 

With one down, what’s next?  Morro Bay triathlon, a very unique race, including a 3 mile kayak of the Morro Bay Harbor.   I have never kayaked before, which makes this that much more challenging.   Time to start kayak lessons! The bike and run will be great as well, but the kayak is the icing on the cake. 

After Morro Bay, let’s PR (personal record) at the Ventura Triathlon Sprint, my first triathlon of my fitness career.  This year they are taking the venue to the harbor, with a challenging swim, an awesome bike, and run around the harbor.  Last year I did well, finishing it in 1:38:00, but this year will be even better!

Of course, the biggest goal this year is the Santa Barbara Triathlon Long Course.   This will be the longest triathlon I have ever done to date.  While I may not do it fast, finishing is going to be sweeter than finishing the recent UCSB Triathlon course.

In addition, I plan to carry forward with many running events in 2010, I already have done two, the Boney Mtn Trail Run, the Resolutions 5k.  Coming up in April is my first 10-mile run, the Chardonnay 5k/10 fun run.    I will also be putting my FiveFingers to use and using them in more events, on and off the road. Barefoot running is the wave of the future.

Looking at this brief list, I am amazed at the challenges ahead.  As dauting as they appear, meeting each one head on and putting them into the history books is going to rock!

Cheers!

Triathlon Mind Map

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I have just seven days to pull myself together and get ready for the UCSB Kendra Payne Triathlon.  Ever since I hit burnout a little more than a month ago, getting going again has been a huge struggle.  At one point, I even decided I was not going to participate this year.  Of course, this disappointed everyone, but since everyone is going to be at the LA Marathon, it is not like they will miss seeing me cross the finish line in Santa Barbara.  So….

Anyway, to help get my head around preparation for the event, should I choose to accept it, I created a mind map showing the event, the final week’s training, some visualization focal points, checklist and nutrition. Seeing all of these things laid out on an image, really helps me to gather and visualize the different areas that I need to focus on.

Anyway, if you aren’t doing anything from 8:00am to 12:00pm on March 21st, please come by UCSB and cheer us triathletes on.  Some of us really could use your support!

With just seven days to go…  miracles can happen!

Vote: Which Route Should Aric Run? « Aric In Training

With my impending 8-mile endurance run coming up tomorrow up tomorrow, I thought I would allow the world to vote on which route I should run.  All routes are roughly 8 miles in length and all have flat and hilly areas to them.  If you are familiar with the greater Santa Barbara/Goleta area, you will have better insight into these routes.  If not, just vote randomly.

This poll will remain open up until 5 minutes prior to Aric’s departure for the workout, which will be sometime Dec 27th morning (PST).

The Hollister/Cathedral Oaks Route linky.

The Airport/UCSB Route linky.

The Mission/Upper State linky (with gnarly hill!)

The Waterfront/Mesa Route linky.

Looks like the Airport/UCSB route is winning…



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Thank you very much! I will post the run workout results shortly after I recover!

Please head over to Aric In Training and vote for the route of his run on Sunday. He wants the world to choose his route!

Week 51.2009 Triathlon Training Chart

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Week 51 of 2009 was my toughest triathlon training week yet and it had a few milestones. 

1) It is the first time I’ve run 8-miles!  Yes, I almost into the double digit run workouts. 
2) It is the first time I’ve biked up Ortega Ridge Rd in Montecito, going from sea level to 500+ feet.  Awesome ride.
3) It was also the first week that I swam more than one lap in the pool with the forward crawl stroke.
4) The first week in more than two months where I’ve had all four workout types: swim, bike, run, strength.

While this week was tough, it was fabulously productive. I feel great exiting this week and am looking forward to a lighter recovery week next week. 

For more of my triathlon training and race results, click here.

How Training by Ego Is Disaster

As a triathlete with some pretty lofty goals, I have to pay particular attention to training smart.  This means I need to:

1) Carefully plan out a quarter (3 months) of workouts using periodization.
2) Take plenty of time for rest to let my body recover from the stresses of building
3) Listen to my body and skip a workout when my body tells me to rest. 
4) Listen carefully to my trainer, peers, and fellow triathletes to make sure I am not overdoing it.
5) Record and measure each workout's intensity and duration, reviewing my training dashboard frequently.

The Ego Run
However, sometimes the most calculated, well planned workout goes awry.  Take my recent 8-mile run as an example.   Waking up that morning I felt sick, stressed and lacked energy.  Since I had committed to my trainer to do it, I felt compelled to do it, after all, I trust his judgement. 

Arriving at the gym, I still felt a little odd and even considered calling it quits, but my ego to push through kept me on track.  Then I met my trainer and he didn't look so good.  I asked if we should reschedule, but we agreed it would be good to push through it. 

Then we stared running and at 0.86 miles it was clear that my trainer was not doing so well and neither was I.  I suggested we cut it short, but we agreed to push through it.  At just over 4 miles we both agreed that in the future, if either one of us felt the way did that morning, we would reschedule.  

It was almost like that crazy episode of Modern Family called Run For Your Wife where the husband's ego thinks it can out do the wife's running capability.  In the end, the husband almost kills himself but the wife let's him win. Why?

In the end, we were both not doing so well.  I about threw up and had sore ankles and legs.  He looked like death and had a sore hip and ankle. 

The Lesson
In retrospect, I learned that when two guys get together, egos tend to inflate and smart decisions go out the door.  We were both lucky that we didn't come away with more serious injury. 

The lesson here is to listen to your body and don't let the ego, commitment, training plan or anything else override what your body is telling you.  LISTEN.  THINK.  REACT.  The future of your entire athletic ability is at stake. 

Cheers!