For years I kept a handwritten notebook training diary under the front seat of my truck. I started doing this back in the 90's. Even then I did the majority of my riding all alone with no feedback. I often felt like I was spinning my wheels, getting nowhere. I decided back them to keep track of what I was doing, what I was accomplishing with my training, my results and failures. Occasionally when I got discouraged, I would page back in my training notebook and see where I was a month or year ago, and reassure myself that yes, I was making progress.