This plan, designed by coach and former Duathlon National Champion Eric Schwartz, is intended to be used by duathletes of all levels except for absolute beginners without a training base..
Before starting this plan the user should have done several weeks of training and have the ability to run at least 80 minutes and ride 2+ hours.
Suggested workout modifications for athletes of different abilities is included within the plan and the weekly volume can vary widely based on the recommended modifications.
Beginners - if your primary goal is to have the endurance to finish the race, focus more on total time of the workouts and don’t worry much about intensity. This plan will give you the necessary endurance. Doing too much intensity when you are not ready for it can lead to injury and prevent you from getting to the starting line. Make sure to take the easy days easy, and take days off during this plan. If necessary, turn some of the easy training days into days off. You will see significant gains just by doing the volume in this plan.
Intermediate - follow the plan and you’ll get to the starting line in great shape. Depending on your experience you may want to reduce some of the volume/intensity.
Advanced - As written this plan will work well for most advanced athletes. More advanced athletes can alter it by adding higher intensity and volume. Replace some zone 3 riding with zone 4-5 intensity.
The plan is based on Joe Friel's training zones. You can follow this plan by using perceived effort, a heart rate monitor, or power meter.
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Run 40 minutes : warmup and 4 strides, then 25 minutes at zone 3-4 on a rolling course. Short cool down.
Bike optional 1-2 hours: zone 1-2.
Run 45-60 minutes: zone 1-2.
Bike 1.5-2 hours: after warmup do 40 minutes in zone 3 followed by 10 minutes in zone 4.
Run 45 minutes: zone 1-2.
Brick 2.5 to 3 hours2-2.5 hour bike: with 1X60 minutes in zone 3 or 2X30 minutes in zone 3 with 10 minute recovery.Run 30 minutes: immediately after. Mostly zone 2.
Run: 70-90 minutes zone 1-2. Prescribed long run times have a bigger variation early in this plan because athletes may be starting at different levels of fitness. The longest run in this plan is 2 hours and 20 minutes.