Like Winston Churchill, I don’t like worrying in advance about events or activities. I start with understanding the goals, challenges and expected outcomes and then plan for success. That is the reason I developed a formal training plan for achieving my Camino goal of walking an 800 kilometer route to Santiago de Compostela in 40 days. Here are the 10 Steps I followed in creating and maintaining my training plan:
1. I documented my goals, and constraints. The goal was to comfortably walk the 800 kilometers to Santiago de Compostela in 40 days. The key is to start the route with a good level of fitness so I can enjoy the journey. I had to determine a realistic amount of time I could spend each week on exercise considering my time constraints:
- Demanding full time job with travel.
- Family and social commitments.
I calculated that 12 hours a week was the maximum time I could spend on exercise. The target for my training plan was the ability to complete a 20 km walk each week, and practice yoga 6 days a week for at least 4 months.
2. I then completed a fitness survey to understand my current fitness level, attitudes toward exercise, and my history of maintaining challenging exercise programs.
3. I documented my requirements for an exercise training application and did an evaluation of existing mobile, and internet applications available. My requirements were:
- The solution must have a mobile application which I can use on my iPhone to capture in “real time” my walking distance, speed, duration, route, average pace, calories burned.
- The solution must have the ability to create a baseline training plan, and be able to capture actual exercise data, and measure actual performance to the baseline plan.
- The solution must have an internet portal, so that data can be entered from any computer or location.
- The solution must provide performance reporting.
- The solution must have the capability to download data to Excel.
- The solution must be able to post to social media sites.
4. I chose TRAININGPEAKS as my solution, and set up an account.
I upgraded to the premium service, to use the advance planning features.
The link to their site can be found by clicking here.
5. I downloaded Walk Tracker Pro their mobile GPS training application on my iPhone.
|6. I created my baseline training plan in TRAININGPEAKS, using an average of 10-12 hours per week.|
|7. I entered my weekly goals and exercise plans and started capturing exercise data. Walking data is captured through the mobile application automatically, and Yoga data I enter manually.|
|8. I review my training results weekly through my dashboard, and decide whether to adjust my baseline training plan.|
9. I add comments to my baseline training plan, indicating areas where I can make improvements or add general observations for the week.
10. I post training results to Facebook when I want to share my training accomplishments.
Updating and reviewing my training plan takes me less then an hour a week. No advance Camino worry now. With advanced thinking, planning and a great tool, I have mitigated my risk and have a plan for success. I think Winston would approve.
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“Let our advance worrying become advance thinking and planning”.