End of Season Triathlon Evaluation Worksheet

For many of us, the tri season is winding down. One of the best things a triathlete can do at the end of a season is evaluate their performance while the memory is still fresh.  This can provide focus for next season, help identify trouble areas, and serve as motivation through the off season.

We all have different reasons for gravitating toward triathlon. Our list is meant to be a starting point rather than the end-all be-all of seasonal evaluations. It would be awesome if you would share your end of season evaluation process in the comment section, as well as any questions you’d like to see us add to our list. After we’ve all brainstormed a bit, we’ll put together a more formal end of season evaluation worksheet and share it.

After a race is a great time to evaluate your training and race results. It is important to be honest with yourself during this process.

  1. Did I make my triathlon goals? 
  2. What did I do right?
  3. What could I do better?
  4. What type of training do I most enjoy? 
  5. What type of training do I least enjoy?
  6. Do my training preferences affect my training plan? (i.e. if I hate swimming, do I run instead of swim on days that I should be swimming?)
  7. What motivates me?
  8. What distracts me? 
  9. What was the best part of my best race?
  10. What was the weakest part of my best race? 
  11. What are my long term goals?
  12. What short term goals will help me get there?
  13. What can I do over the off season to set myself up for success next year? (Believe it or not, this can include taking a break!)
  14. Should I already be budgeting for next year’s training/races? (Bikes, wetsuits, coaching, diet, travel, entry fees … triathlon can be expensive!)
  15. What feeling or thought can I capture right now (while I’m still motivated) that can help me focus down the road?
  16. What do I want to accomplish my goals next season?
  17. What do I need to accomplish my goals next season?
  18. Do I want to make the leap from competing for fun to competing to win or vice versa?
  19. Do I want to hire a coach or join a club/team next year?
  20. Do I still find joy in triathlon? If not, is there another place I can focus my time and energy and be happier?


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  1. Did I make my triathlon goals?
    Nope, I was sick for one and injured for the other. I did finish the first, but due to lack of training I got a worse time.

    What did I do right?
    Healed, I suppose.

    What could I do better?
    Be injury free by adding stretching and yoga, I think.

    What type of training do I most enjoy?
    Cycling and swimming.

    What type of training do I least enjoy?
    Hills. I was going to say speedwork, but I guess I kind of like that now.

    Do my training preferences affect my training plan? (i.e. if I hate swimming, do I run instead of swim on days that I should be swimming?)
    Nope, the only thing that does are my injuries.

    What motivates me?
    Oftentimes it’s what I read in other blogs, or articles in magazines. Sometimes it’s knowing I want to improve my time in a particular event. Fear of failure.

    What distracts me?
    Injuries. Work.

    What was the best part of my best race?
    My swim. Maybe my cycling—at least that’s where I had the most fun.

    What was the weakest part of my best race?
    Run. Always.

    What are my long term goals?
    Improve my running by doing a half marathon.

    What short term goals will help me get there?
    Yoga, run five days a week.

    What can I do over the off season to set myself up for success next year? (Believe it or not, this can include taking a break!)
    Healing my heel, massage therapy, yoga, weightlifting, squats, and lunges.

    Should I already be budgeting for next year’s training/races? (Bikes, wetsuits, coaching, diet, travel, entry fees … triathlon can be expensive!)
    Yes. Entry fees. Maybe new road cycling shoes, definitely new bottoms and a new top for triathlon. New running shoes.

    What feeling or thought can I capture right now (while I’m still motivated) that can help me focus down the road?
    I want to improve my times. That should be pretty easy, since I’m old and slow 😉

    What do I need to accomplish my goals next season?
    Motivation. Flexibility. Strength. Health.

    Do I want to make the leap from competing for fun to competing to win or vice versa?
    Nope. I’ll never win.

    Do I want to hire a coach or join a club/team next year?
    Maybe, but there are no teams around here really. Sheclismo, but I’m probably the oldest, slowest and fattest.

    Do I still find joy in triathlon? If not, is there another place I can focus my time and energy and be happier?
    MOST DEFINITELY! 

  2. Oh my gosh, Sandra! Thanks for taking the time to answer all of our questions!!! It was really neat to read your answers – we have a lot in common too!

    I hope that stretching and yoga are enough for you to heal fully! It seems like you’ve been steadily improving, and I hope that continues. I wonder if aqua jogging could help your heel?

    I have some old injuries that bother me from time to time. They’re annoying but not bad enough to make me sit out, though my running is awful … Like you, I also did my tri for fun. I have no plans to make the leap to being competitive in my age group (or anywhere really) but I do want to compete in other triathlons. I have the opposite problem regarding local teams. I know of several in my area, but between a toddler and my hubby’s work schedule I don’t have a way to be a part of them unless I hire help – which I don’t want to do. I love the gym I have found and enjoy training there. I enjoy reading up on our fellow tri bloggers too, and it is fun to be a part of this community!

    Thanks so much for taking the time out of your day to share your answers. I hope you have a wonderful weekend~

  3. Though I still have not found myself treading in the world of triathlon, I think these questions are helpful for anyone who wishes to evaluate their fitness goals and levels. I’ll be taking note of this because I feel that answering these questions yearly will help a lot in setting myself up for the most appropriate goals. Thanks for this!

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