Sweet Spot Part 3 for the 70.3 Triathlete - Basic

Average Weekly Training Hours 05:51
Training Load By Week
Average Weekly Training Hours 05:51
Training Load By Week

Six more weeks of Sweet Spot training to put the finishing touches on your base fitness and boost your CTL before your race!

This Sweet Spot Part 3 for Half Ironman athletes further builds your CTL after Sweet Spot Parts 1 & 2. As the plan progresses though the 6 weeks, you'll transition into rides and runs at 70.3 race pace. If you haven’t tested your FTP lately, you’ll start this plan with a 20 minute Field Test to set your wattage and heart rate training zones on the bike using the included FasCat Wattage and Heart Rate Zones Sheet! Then you’ll test again at the end to see the fruits of your labors of a 5-20% boost in your FTP and set your zones for your race!

Weekday workouts are kept shorter so you can fit them into your busy schedule and can be done on the bike trainer or treadmill when being outside isn’t an option. The long rides and runs on the weekends will start moving up to Ironman distances as your CTL builds, giving you a chance to test your race-day fueling strategies. Running and biking workouts can be downloaded directly to your Garmin Forerunner 935XT or Fenix 5 or smart trainer so you know you’re hitting all the right targets!

This plan includes a choose-your-own swim workout plan with 3 different levels of swim workouts each day that you’re at the pool. Pick the workout level that best matches your ability and delete the other 2. OR, if you have the time, add one of the other level swim workouts to the weekend for more time in the water!

Also included are all those extra details that make for a strong and resilient athlete like Yoga, Foundation exercises, and activation work to keep your hips mobile and healthy. Links to videos help ensure you’re doing the movements correctly.

Basic plan is for athletes with 7-11 hours per week to train.
Intermediate plan is for athletes with 10-14 hours per week to train.
Advanced plan is for athletes with 14+ hours per week to train.

Questions about this training plan? Email: help@fascatcoaching.com

Sample Day 2
1:00:00
68.8TSS
Field Test: 20 minuter

20 Min Threshold Effort up a climb or on an uninterrupted stretch of flat road to determine training zones
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For more info:
https://www.fascatcoaching.com/tips/a-20-minute-power-based-field-test/
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http://velonews.competitor.com/2009/02/coaches-panel/coach-frank-overton-tells-what-to-do-with-your-new-power-meter_87556
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Find an uninterrupted stretch of road, free from stop signs/lights or longer descents. This needs to be a repeatable effort as you may test throughout the season.
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Your goal is to put out the most power you can over 20 minutes, but also to be smooth & consistent as you perform the effort. Don't blow up in the first few minutes! Ask me for wattage pacing guidelines.

Sample Day 3
1:00:00
58.1TSS
Crisscross: Tempo / Sweet Spot: 3 x 8 minutes

3 x 8 minutes ON; 5 minutes OFF
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These efforts are done at "Tempo" for the duration, while the "cross" is done at Sweet Spot, then returned to Tempo.
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1-3 min @ TEMPO
3-4 min @ Sweet Spot Watts
4-7 min @ TEMPO
7-8 min @ Sweet Spot Watts
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Criss-Cross Intervals are meant to help simulate the extended surges encountered in the peloton or when climbing on the mountain bike or during a road race. The terrain, often kicks and requires a bit of a harder effort, then eases back. In essence, going harder, when already going hard.
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5 minutes of Recovery @ Zone 2 watts & HR

Sample Day 10
1:00:00
59TSS
Crisscross: Tempo / Sweet Spot 4 x 8 minutes

4 x 8 minutes ON; 5 minutes OFF
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These efforts are done at "Tempo" for the duration, while the "cross" is done at Sweet Spot, then returned to Tempo.
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1-3 min @ TEMPO
3-4 min @ Sweet Spot
4-7 min @ TEMPO
7-8 min @ Sweet Spot
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Criss-Cross Intervals are meant to help simulate the extended surges encountered in the peloton or when climbing on the mountain bike or during a road race. The terrain, often kicks and requires a bit of a harder effort, then eases back. In essence, going harder, when already going hard.
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5 minutes of Recovery @ Zone 2 watts & HR

Sample Day 17
1:00:00
57.7TSS
Crisscross: Tempo / Zone 4 Threshold 3 x 8 minutes

3 x 8 minutes ON; 4 minutes OFF
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These efforts are done at "Tempo" for the duration, while the "cross" is done at threshold, then returned to Tempo.
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1-3 min @ TEMPO
3-4 min @ FTP WATTs
4-7 min @ TEMPO
7-8 min @ FTP WATTS
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Criss-Cross Intervals are meant to help simulate the extended surges encountered in the peloton or when climbing on the mountain bike or during a road race. The terrain, often kicks and requires a bit of a harder effort, then eases back. In essence, going harder, when already going hard.
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5 minutes of Recovery @ Zone 2 watts & HR

Sample Day 26
0:30:00
REVO Strength & Conditioning

Standing Activation - Hydrant :: Hold 30- 45 seconds and perform 10 reps immediately after, both sides https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oY7v_SpDxcc - Skate :: same as above https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MElyAbCbmGM - Couch stretch ::Hold 2 min, every day! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8GEnBM6BGYg - Long lunge hip opener- same prescription as above https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bt_XZHjQeo0 - Double ball to mid back- Set a timer for 4 min and work your way from the bottom of the shoulder blades to the tops. Alternate between putting hands behind head and reaching over head. Find the nastyness! - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NyEYhVtC6iY

Sample Day 40
0:30:00
REVO Strength & Conditioning

Standing Activation - Hydrant :: Hold 30- 45 seconds and perform 10 reps immediately after, both sides https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oY7v_SpDxcc - Skate :: same as above https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MElyAbCbmGM - Couch stretch ::Hold 2 min, every day! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8GEnBM6BGYg - Long lunge hip opener- same prescription as above https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bt_XZHjQeo0 - Double ball to mid back- Set a timer for 4 min and work your way from the bottom of the shoulder blades to the tops. Alternate between putting hands behind head and reaching over head. Find the nastyness! - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NyEYhVtC6iY

Sample Day 44
1:00:00
68.8TSS
Field Test: 20 minuter

20 Min Threshold Effort up a climb or on an uninterrupted stretch of flat road to determine training zones
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For more info:
https://www.fascatcoaching.com/tips/a-20-minute-power-based-field-test/
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http://velonews.competitor.com/2009/02/coaches-panel/coach-frank-overton-tells-what-to-do-with-your-new-power-meter_87556
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Find an uninterrupted stretch of road, free from stop signs/lights or longer descents. This needs to be a repeatable effort as you may test throughout the season.
-
Your goal is to put out the most power you can over 20 minutes, but also to be smooth & consistent as you perform the effort. Don't blow up in the first few minutes! Ask me for wattage pacing guidelines.

FasCat Coaching
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FasCat Coaching

FasCat has over 14 years of experience coaching road mountain cyclocross and multisport athletes, mostly between of 30 - 60 years old. "Working men and women" that need balance and flexibility for whatever life throws at them. Before we design any training program we consult with the athlete first - how much time do you have to train - what do you have coming up?

We coach thru a custom designed training plan, monitor your progress thru your data and give feedback based on our expertise.