Designed for novice level age group duathletes, this training plan will develop your endurance, speed and confidence in time for your target race. Athletes who've followed this plan have successfully conquered duathlons all over the world.
"I don't feel like a novice any more. I have enjoyed the training and feel that I have made some real progress." Lawrie Procter, Nov 2014.
IS THIS PLAN FOR YOU?
Minimal requirements are that you can already ride a bike for 60 minutes and jog for 25 minutes, not on the same day. There are normally five workouts per week, plus a weekly strength workout to be done from home or at a gym. Every fourth week is an active recovery period, designed to help you recover and adapt to the previous three weeks.
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Check out the Training Zones PDF attached to day 1, before you start this workout. Ride mostly in Zone 2 today. This is a low intensity ride on an indoor trainer or outdoors. If you ride outside, feel free to extend it by 10-20mins. Bear in mind there's a run straight afterwards, so have you running gear ready.
Easy Zone 2 run. Do this straight after cycling.
These threshold reps should feel 'comfortably hard' and should be done at around your 1-hour race pace. Check out the Proprioceptive Cue below, for technique advice. See the Training Zones PDF attached to day 1, for how fast to run.
10mins in Zone 2.
2x5mins in Zone 4 +60secs recoveries in Zone 1 or 2.
5mins in Zone 2
Please click on the link below for your guide to the strength and conditioning workouts.
This can be done outside or using an indoor trainer. Have your running shoes ready to slip on afterwards.
10mins in Zone 2.
4x5mins in Zone 4 +60secs recoveries in Zone 2.
5mins in Zone 2.
As soon as you finish today's ride, slip your running shoes on and run:
Start with 3mins run in Zone 4, then jog for 7mins in Zone 2.
Run mostly in Zone 2 today. This shouldn't feel too hard. If it does, you're going too fast.