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.
- Did I make my triathlon goals?
- What did I do right?
- What could I do better?
- What type of training do I most enjoy?
- What type of training do I least enjoy?
- 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?)
- What motivates me?
- What distracts me?
- What was the best part of my best race?
- What was the weakest part of my best race?
- What are my long term goals?
- What short term goals will help me get there?
- 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!)
- Should I already be budgeting for next year’s training/races? (Bikes, wetsuits, coaching, diet, travel, entry fees … triathlon can be expensive!)
- What feeling or thought can I capture right now (while I’m still motivated) that can help me focus down the road?
- What do I want to accomplish my goals next season?
- What do I need to accomplish my goals next season?
- Do I want to make the leap from competing for fun to competing to win or vice versa?
- Do I want to hire a coach or join a club/team next year?
- Do I still find joy in triathlon? If not, is there another place I can focus my time and energy and be happier?