NEW: Half-Distance Tri Base Period (UNDER 50) 9-14hrs/wk. (Power based) Workout Builder Format

Average Weekly Training Hours 11:06
Training Load By Week
Average Weekly Training Hours 11:06
Training Load By Week

This plan was designed by Joe Friel using the principles of the The Triathletes Training Bible. Having this book handy will help with many of the workouts presented in this training plan. The major difference between this and the "Half-Ironman Base Period (Over 50) 9-14hrs/wk" is that in this plan there is a R&R week every 4th week instead of every 3rd week. Over-50 athletes may also use this plan if they typically recover quickly after challenging workouts. You may use either heart rate or power on the bike to manage workout intensity.

This plan is best started about 23 weeks prior to your first A race of the season. Following this 12-week plan will get you ready to start the Half-Ironman Build-Peak-Race period (see Half IM Build-Peak-Race plans) which specifically prepares you for your A-priority race in the last few weeks prior.

This plan is intended for the under-age-50 triathlete who has been racing for two or more years. To start this plan you should be able to swim 1 hour, bike 1.5 hours, and run 1 hour. Over 12 weeks you will increase your weekly volume from about 9.5 hours to 14 hours including 3 swims, 2 to 4 bikes, 3 to 4 runs, and 1 to 2 strength workouts each week. The exceptions are the R&R weeks every fourth week with volume significantly reduced for 4 to 5 days and self-testing at the end of the week to measure progress.

The plan uses common triathlon language to describe the workouts and is easy to follow. By the end of 12 weeks you will have excellent Base fitness and be ready to start the Build period 11 weeks prior to your A-priority, half-Ironman race.

A power meter is required for bike workout. Run sessions are based on heart rate and swims on pace per hundred. (For detailed description of how to set your zones for heart rate, power or pace go to http://www.trainingbible.com/joesblog/2009/11/quick-guide-to-setting-zones.html.)

The plan was created using the TrainingPeaks "Workout Builder" format. That means the workouts may be uploaded to a device (power meter, heart rate monitor, indoor trainer, etc) to help you follow it precisely. For more information on compatible devices and apps and how to export the workouts from this plan to them go to http://help.trainingpeaks.com/hc/en-us/articles/115000325647-Structured-Workout-Export. (It's not necessary to upload the workouts in order to use this plan.)

When purchasing this plan if you check the box to share your email address with Joe Friel when prompted you will receive two follow-up emails from him with more information about your plan and you will also be able to contact him should you run into a problem. Your email address won't be used for anything else. Also, after your event please provide feedback on how this plan worked out for you.

Sample Day 1
1:00:00
AA, 3-4 sets

Strength: After warm up on a stationary bike, treadmill, or other do 3-4 sets of Anatomical Adaptation (AA) phase. Cool down with 5-10 minutes of spinning in easy gear/resistance at high rpm. For details on strength training go to http://trainingbible.com/Resources/ and then scroll down to TRAINING WORKOUTS. Or turn to Chapter 13 in The Triathlete's Training Bible. Or go here: http://www.trainingbible.com/bkp-all/pdf/Triathlon_Strength_Program.pdf.

Sample Day 2
0:45:00
52.8TSS
SS1. 5 Basic Strides 45min RPE.

(This is best outdoors but may be done on a treadmill). Warm up for about 20 minutes. Then run 5x20 seconds fast on a soft, gentle downhill (such as on grass in a park or other soft surface). Run at approximately 400m race pace (RPE 9, or about pace zone 5b)--not quite all-out speed. Focus on run technique as discussed and shown in the drawings in Chapter 12 of The Triathlete’s Training Bible 4th edition. Hold back a little on each 20-second stride. You’re working on technique—not speed. Stay relaxed on each stride. Walk (yes, "walk") back to start point for each recovery. Run easily to cool down to complete the planned workout duration. Note that RPE is being used for this workout since the "intervals" are so short and the recoveries involve walking.

Sample Day 2
0:45:00
1372m
36.7TSS
AE1. Aerobic intervals/PDLC 1500y.

(You may substitute a masters swim workout.) WU: 100 swim easy, (10 seconds rest), 50 moderately fast, (10 seconds rest), 100 swim moderate, (10 sec rest), 50 swim moderately fast, (10sec rest), 100 swim build speed, (10 sec), 50 swim fast.
MS: For the first set decrease times with each work interval. All aerobic—easy breathing.
4 x 100 moderate (10sec rest between).
Rest 2 minutes.
300 slow and easy. Form!
6 x 25 relaxed speed (15 sec).
CD: 200 easy swim.
Total: 1500


OR ALTERNATIVE PDLC SWIM (your choice)
For 30-45 minutes swim 25 repeats moderately fast while focusing on only Posture, Direction, Length, or Catch. (20-30sec rest after each)

Sample Day 3
1:00:00
60TSS
SS2. Isolated Leg Training 1h RPE..

Isolated Leg Training (ILT) on indoor trainer. After warm-up alternate 20-60 seconds with 1 leg/foot only--the other on a chair. Get a total of 7-10 minutes of ILT on each leg in this workout. Alternate legs as you feel like it. Comfortably high cadence. Focus on eliminating dead spot at top of stroke by pushing toes forward in shoes at top. Since you're training the nervous system, heart rate and power are not important here. Effort should remain low (about 4-5 on 0-10 RPE scale. (Note that RPE is being used for this workout because it is intended to improve pedaling skills. Power has no bearing on skill development.)

Sample Day 4
0:45:00
52.8TSS
AE2. Base building 45min HR.

Run easily on a soft but firm surface, heart rate in zone 1 only. Pretty form and quick cadence. (This is best outdoors but may be done on a treadmill).

Sample Day 4
0:45:00
1372m
36.7TSS
AE1. Aerobic intervals/PDLC 1500y.

(You may substitute a masters swim workout.) WU: 100 swim easy, (10 seconds rest), 50 moderately fast, (10 seconds rest), 100 swim moderate, (10 sec rest), 50 swim moderately fast, (10sec rest), 100 swim build speed, (10 sec), 50 swim fast.
MS: For the first set decrease times with each work interval. All aerobic—easy breathing.
4 x 100 moderate (10sec rest between).
Rest 2 minutes.
300 slow and easy. Form!
6 x 25 relaxed speed (15 sec).
CD: 200 easy swim.
Total: 1500


OR ALTERNATIVE PDLC SWIM (your choice)
For 30-45 minutes swim 25 repeats moderately fast while focusing on only Posture, Direction, Length, or Catch. (20-30sec rest after each)

Sample Day 5
1:00:00
AA, 3-4 sets

Strength: After warm up on a stationary bike, treadmill, or other do 3-4 sets of Anatomical Adaptation (AA) phase. Cool down with 5-10 minutes of spinning in easy gear/resistance at high rpm. For details on strength training go to http://trainingbible.com/Resources/ and then scroll down to TRAINING WORKOUTS. Or turn to Chapter 13 in The Triathlete's Training Bible. Or go here: http://www.trainingbible.com/bkp-all/pdf/Triathlon_Strength_Program.pdf.

Joe Friel
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Joe Friel Coaching

An endurance coach since 1980 Joe Friel has worked with triathletes, cyclists, and runners around the globe. He trains coaches and assists various national federations and national Olympic team staff. He also consults with professional athletes and sports-related businesses. Coach Friel occasionally offers personal camps and seminars for clubs and teams. He has authored 16 books on training including the best-selling Training Bible series. He is currently not accepting coaching clients.