Achieve your best ever race-fitness from 8:20 -12 hrs training per week!
"My PR was 6:37 for an IRONMAN 70.3 before your training plans. Then I did 5:29 at Mallorca and 4:59 on the last one. All I can say is thanks!!!" - Richard Lonsdale, 52, October 2016 -
"Thank you for the Intermediate 70.3 plan. This was my first cycle event and it was only my third running event. I surpassed all my expectations, completing in 5hr 27m. Not bad for a 47 yr old first timer! The structured program made the training more interesting and I never would’ve got so fit without it" - Roy Byres 16th June 2018 -
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There are 2 swims, 2-3 cycles, 3 runs and a strength workout. There's a day off each week and every fourth week is an active recovery week. There are long brick workouts, open water swims and a race taper period. To be successful with this plan you should have at least 12-months experience of frequent triathlon training. Guidance is provided for HR, Feel, Power or Pace. You can start this plan any Monday.
This test helps you to measure fitness and create accurate training zones.
6 x (50 FS in Z2 + 20 sec rests),
4 x (25 FS in Z4 + 25 FS in Z2 + 20 sec rests).
1 x 400 FS maximal effort time trial, record time,
5 mins easy active recovery,
1 x 200 FS maximal effort time trial, record time,
1 min rest
1 x (100 FS in Z1 + 15 secs rest),
1 x (100 FS in Z2 + 15 secs rest),
1 x (100 FS in Z3 + 20 secs rest),
1 x (100 FS in Z4 + 60 secs rest),
4 x (50 FS Build Z1 to Z4) + 60 secs rest.
200 Choice in Z2.
For all swims (whether in a Yard or Meter Pool) follow the distances in the Workout Description section. There is also yard/meter button you can toggle in the Workout Details section below.
Please click on the link below for your guide to the strength and conditioning workouts.
Strength and Conditioning will help maintain your muscle mass and these specific exercises are designed to improve the economy of your triathlon performance.
Please click to get your essential Guide to Strength & Conditioning. PDF, 599KB.
This fitness test helps you to set your power or heart rate thresholds for Training Peaks.
12 mins in Z2,
5 x (15 secs in Z4 + 45 secs easy in Z2).
20 mins maximal steady state time trial. Go as hard as you can sustain for 20-minutes.
5 mins in Z2.
Note: Alternatively, if you have a bike training device with its own "FTP" test protocol, you could use that instead.
TIP: Have a fan and/or air conditioning, so that heat stress is not a limiting factor for this test.
This fitness test helps you to set your pace and heart rate training zones and thresholds for Training Peaks.
5 mins in Z2 (easy/steady),
4 x (30 secs accelerating from Z2 to Z4 + 30 secs recoveries in Z1).
Run for 30 mins at the fastest pace you can maintain for the duration. Record your average pace and ideally average heart rate too.
5 mins in Z1 to Z2 (easy).
This workout works well on an indoor bike trainer; you can also do it outside. It's not supposed to be high intensity, so keep a lid on this one. You will improve your fat-burning and efficiency.
10 mins in Z2.
3 x (5 mins in upper Z2 + 60 sec recoveries in low Z2).
2 x (3 mins in upper Z2 + 30 sec recoveries in low Z2).
5 mins in low Z2.
These swims involve effort at or above race pace, with regular recoveries. They will build your sustainable speed for race day.
1 x (100 FS in Z2 + 100 Kick in Z2 + 15 secs rest),
1 x (100 Drill* in Z2 + 100 Pull in Z2 + 15 secs rest).
3 x (100 Pull in Z2 + 100 FS in Z3 + 20 sec rests),
2 x (100 Pull in Z2 + 100 FS in Z4 + 20 sec rests),
2 x (100 Pull in Z2 + 100 FS in Z5 + 20 sec rests).
2 x (50 FS in Z2 + 50 Choice in Z2).
Ride at an easy/steady intensity, mainly in Z2 today. You should be able to chat at this intensity. This ride will improve your efficiency for using fat for fuel and increase your ability to transport oxygen to your working muscles.