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Duathlon - #NLECrew 12 week Olympic Duathlon Beginner (HR based)

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Maria Simone

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12 Weeks

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duathlon beginner hr based

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Plan Description




Creator: Maria Simone, No Limits Endurance Coaching

Length: 12 weeks

Weekly Duration: The plan begins just under 4 hours, and tops out at 7 hours and 20 minutes. This includes core work.
Ability level: Beginner


This 12-week plan is ideal for the athlete who will be attempting to complete an olympic-distance duathlon for the first time. This plan can work for the athlete who is doing their first-eve duathlon as well, provided you can do the training durations listed below prior to starting the plan.

The plan includes information about how to set your HR zones for cycling and running. Cycling workouts are structured using HR, with some cadence guidelines. Run workouts are structured primarily by heart rate, and a few speed-based runs using some pace suggestions. Athletes are also given instructions on how to gauge RPE to match up with the zones.

Prior to starting this plan, you should be able to run 20-30 minutes continuously, and ride your bike for 30-45 minutes continuously. The plan includes 3 rides per week, and 3-4 runs per week. It also includes core workouts, and suggestions for pre-run activation.

This plan does not come with regular coach correspondence. However, anyone who purchases the plan may have a one-time email consult - maria@nolimitsendurance.com. I recommend you take the time to review the entire plan and take note of any questions you have. Then, email them to maximize this correspondence. If you'd like a phone or video consult, you get 20% off the current rate.

Athletes who purchase this plan receive a 10% discount to join our #NLECrew, the team for endurance athletes with no limits! Visit #NLECrew for details or to sign up.

Upon purchase of the plan, you can email Maria for the code to get your club discount.

For more information about No Limits Endurance Coaching, please visit our website at www.NoLimitsEndurance.com


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Stats

Average Weekly Breakdown

Workouts Weekly Average Longest Workout
2:06 hrs 1:10 hrs
2:30 hrs 1:30 hrs
0:27 hrs 0:20 hrs
0:10 hrs 0:10 hrs
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Workouts Per Week Weekly Average Longest Workout
2:06 hrs 1:10 hrs
2:30 hrs 1:30 hrs
0:27 hrs 0:20 hrs
0:10 hrs 0:10 hrs
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Training Load By Week


Maria Simone

No Limits Endurance Coaching

What's your big dream - you know the one that makes you feel scared AND excited? Yup, that one. Whether your dream is about a first time or a fast time, I can help! I have 10 years of experience helping athletes make their dreams a reality.

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Sample Day 1

0:42:00
69.2TSS
Bike 20 min (RPE structure; TP)

*To determine your zones, take the average heart rate for the 20 minute assessment and enter it into the excel chart attached (see paper clip icon in the upper right hand corner of this frame). average HR goes into the box marked LTHR.

*These zones will correspond to workouts throughout this plan.

You should enter your threshold & FTP into TrainingPeaks as well so that the structured workouts populate correctly. Be certain, as well, to update your FTP in your Garmin and any secondary apps you use so that those numbers are accurate for the structured workouts as well.

This video provides an overview of how to do this: https://www.loom.com/share/e7961e4833db4794bfbfea9d4c198e93.
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WARM UP
15 minutes easy spin


5 x
- 1 minute build to hard
- 1 minute easy

2 minutes easy
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MAIN
20 minutes-->
--work at the hardest effort you can maintain for this time period.
--Be sure to hit the lap button on your HR monitor when you start and end this test. This will easily separate it from the warm up and cool down (make sure auto-lap is turned off!)
--work on maintaining effort throughout this test. It will be hard. Stick with it as best as you can.
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COOL
10-15 minutes easy, easy spin to clear out the lactic acid

Sample Day 2

0:05:00
Functional Warm Up

Perform 10 reps of each move to activate your legs and core. Once you're comfortable with this warmup, it shouldn't take more than 5 min.
1. 4-way lunges - Start in a split squat, knees held at 90 degrees. Hold your arms up in a W, pulling your shoulder blades down and back. Use glutei to stabilize the movements. Keep your R knee steady over your foot. Repeat each on the left side. 1. Lean your body forward over your front leg, then squeeze your glutei to pull back up. 2. Rotate while stabilizing your hips. 3. Rock your torso. 4. Pulse your hips up and down 3 inches. 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7IxNIdwtKGA
2. Good Mornings - Stand with your weight on your heels, toes pointed slightly out and knees soft. Pull your shoulder blades down and together. Lean forward, pushing your hips back, then return to standing.
3. Glute Step-Backs (curtsy) - Step back with L leg crossing behind your right. Drop you left knee to the ground. Pressing thru your R heel return to standing. Repeat on other side.
4. Calf Raises, 3 ways - Lean into wall, putting weight on elbows. With feet pointed straight ahead lift heels. Repeat with feet pointed in 30 degrees and again, turned out to 45 degrees.

Sample Day 2

0:20:00
16.7TSS
Steady base run with drills (1)

WARM UP
You can do some light core or dynamic stretches to warm up.
Complete 2 x 30 seconds, with 30 seconds rest of each drill.
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MAIN
Take the first 10-15 minutes to warm up easy into the run. (as you need). Then, run at a steady, zone 2 effort. As you run, think about the different elements of your form that the drills focused on.
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AFTER
Stretch

Sample Day 3

0:30:00
Bike Skills 1 - What are you doing with your hands?

The main purpose for this ride is to work various bike handling skills that will:
- allow you to make the most out of the effort you put into the bike
- improve your safety while riding the bike
- increase your enjoyment and comfort level on the bike
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This ride should be completed outside on a quiet road w/ ample shoulder. If you need to drive yourself and your bike to such a place - then do so. If you need to loop a bike path or similar protected roadway, that works too.
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Effort should be easy to steady - this ride isn't about the effort! It's about the skills.
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Go through the following skills at least 3 times throughout the duration of the ride. Do one set of each drill once, ride for a bit, through through another set of the drills, ride for a bit, go through the drills for a 3rd time, ride for a bit. If you still have time, continue the pattern for the duration.
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SKILL SETS:
1) Ride one handed - first with left hand, then with right hand. Notice differences in which sides feels more stable?
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2) Ride one handed while grabbing your water bottle from the cage and then replacing it. Complete two grab & replace - one with each hand.
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3) Ride one handed while maintaining a straight line (use the white line or something similar in the road). Switch hands.
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4) Place your hands on the top of the headset (off the hoods) and near the center of the headset. Notice the differences in balance required depending upon where you place your hands.

Sample Day 4

0:30:00
25TSS
Easy to steady base run

Run easy to steady - as your legs feel, but don't exceed steady. Anywhere in the range below is good. :-)

Sample Day 6

0:15:00
Pre-run Activation

Before you run: Do some activation for the body. Here's a good list of items. Select a combination of these - and vary them from day to day. Total activation time should be 15 minutes :-)

You are not doing ALL of these exercises - you can pick a mix of 8-12 and do one set of each, or pick fewer and do 2-3 sets of each. As you like :-)

Vary these up!

DYNAMIC STRETCH OPTIONS
Calves: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Zs4hh4cp98

Full range of dynamic stretch motions: https://www.runnersworld.com/health-injuries/a20821629/a-dynamic-stretching-routine/

PLANKS:
- Plank - 30-60 seconds
- Side plank - 30-60 seconds
- Side plan w/ hip lift - 15-20 lifts per side

BRIDGES:
- Bridges (one legged, to really isolate the glute on each side) - 15-20 reps
- Bridges - straight legs on a stability ball - 15-20 reps
- Bridges - bend legs on a stability ball - 15-20 reps

LEG LIFTS:
- Side leg lifts - 10 reps with leg straight up, 10 reps with leg out just slightly (maybe 5 degrees) over the top one with foot inverted toward ground, then 10 more with leg out a little bit further than previous set (maybe 10 degrees) foot still inverted toward ground
- Leg circles - you get in position as if you are doing a leg lift. Lift the top leg, then do 5-10 circles of the leg in one direction. Then 5-10 circles in the opposite direction. THese are not huge sweeping arcs :-) - just little circles.

LUNGES
- Static lunges - 15-20 each leg (really focus on the glutes doing the work here) - so you lunge in position, one leg at a time
- Dynamic lunges - 15-20 - you alternate legs each lunge
- Walking lunges - 15-20 lunges, alternating legs, per walk
-Single leg lunges - 10-20 per leg (back leg is propped up on chair or other item. Make sure that item is STABLE!!)


SQUATS
- Lateral squats - w/ band, 15-20 reps to each side (so when you squat, you step to the left or right instead of just going straight down)
- Single leg squats (you can hold something for balance if you need to maintain form) - 10-20 reps per leg (or less if you need to maintain form!)
- Walking side squats (also sometimes called "monster walk" - 10-20 squats per side per walk


OTHER GOOD ACTIVATORS:
- alternate superman - 15-20 reps per leg
- clamshells - w/ band - 15-20 reps per leg
- Single leg deadlift - 10-20 reps per leg
- Calf raises - 10-20 reps (toes straight, toes inverted, toes everted)

Sample Day 6

0:10:00
Functional Warm Up

Perform 10 reps of each move to activate your legs and core. Once you're comfortable with this warmup, it shouldn't take more than 5-10 min.

1. 4-way lunges
Start in a split squat, knees held at 90 degrees. Hold your arms up in a W, pulling your shoulder blades down and back. Use glutei to stabilize the movements. Keep your R knee steady over your foot. Repeat each on the left side. 1. Lean your body forward over your front leg, then squeeze your glutei to pull back up. 2. Rotate while stabilizing your hips. 3. Rock your torso. 4. Pulse your hips up and down 3 inches. 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7IxNIdwtKGA

2. Good Mornings
Stand with your weight on your heels, toes pointed slightly out and knees soft. Pull your shoulder blades down and together. Lean forward, pushing your hips back, then return to standing.

3. Toe Swipe
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jG1DPrIsDn4

4. Glute Step-Backs (curtsy)
Step back with L leg crossing behind your right. Drop you left knee to the ground. Pressing thru your R heel return to standing. Repeat on other side.

5. Calf Raises, 3 ways
Lean into wall, putting weight on elbows. With feet pointed straight ahead lift heels. Repeat with feet pointed in 30 degrees and again, turned out to 45 degrees.

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