14 Week Half Distance Tri // Intermediate Level

Average Weekly Training Hours 08:40
Training Load By Week
Average Weekly Training Hours 08:40
Training Load By Week

The Half Distance Tri Intermediate program is for the triathlete that wants to achieve performance goals in addition to a strong race day performance.

Program Prerequisites: To successfully start this program, it is recommended that your current training regimen consists of 5 training hours per week. If your current weekly training totals are not at 5 hours, it is recommended you complete 3 to 4 weeks of consistent moderate aerobic exercise in order to be properly prepared to begin this program.

Training hours per week: Max hours of 12 and Minimum of 6 hours. Max and minimum training hours are dependent on your training pace. The average is 10 weekly training hours.

Scaling workouts: Any workout can be scaled up or down. Scaling up (making harder): extend a workout duration by extending the warm up, main set or cool down. You can also scale up by increasing the intensity from Zone 2 to Zone 3, or Zone 3 to Zone 4. You can also decrease the rest interval. Note: be mindful of how often you scale up and allow ample recovery time when doing so. Be careful to not overdo it. Scaling down (making easier): decrease duration by decreasing the warm up, main set or cool down. You can also scale down by decreasing the intensity from Zone 3 to Zone 2 and Zone 4 to Zone 3. You can also increase the rest interval as needed.

Race Prep Weeks: Weeks 7, 9 and 11 are Race Prep Weeks. Expect race simulated workouts. Practice race pacing strategy, as well as your nutrition strategy.

Assessments: It is recommended you assess anytime between week 1 through week 5, and anytime during week 9 through 11. Additionally, multiple swim, bike and run workouts are be repeated in the program. The purpose for repeating workouts: adequately tracking progress throughout the program and perfecting the workout goals.

Training Zones: Each workout has specific zones to hit to achieve workout goals. These zones are determined based on completion of an assessment. If you have not yet done an assessment, you can follow the attached charts for Rate of Perceived Exertion.

Sample Day 1
0:15:00
Run

Within 10 minutes of finishing the bike, begin the run.
Zone 2 run.

Sample Day 1
0:45:00
Bike

Warm Up:
10 minutes in an easy gear. 4 x (60 seconds at Zone 3, FTP 76-90% w/ 30 seconds recovery at Zone 1).

Main Set: Cruise Intervals
5 x:
4 minutes at Zone 4, FTP 91-105% w/ 1 minute recovery at Zone 1, FTP <55%

Cool Down:
10 minutes easy pedaling

Sample Day 2
0:50:00
1737m
Swim

Warm Up:
100 free, 50 kick choice, 50 drill choice, 4 x 25 Build (building in speed easy to fast w/in each 25) RI: 15 sec

Main Set:
15 x 100 free RI: 20 sec as follows:
odd 100 - Zone 2
even 100 - Zone 3

Cool Down:
100 easy choice

Sample Day 3
0:45:00
Bike

Warm Up:
10 minutes in an easy gear. 4 x (60 seconds at Zone 3, FTP 76-90% w/ 30 seconds recovery at Zone 1).

Main Set: Cruise Intervals
6 x:
3 minutes at Zone 4, FTP 91-105% w/ 45 seconds recovery at Zone 1, FTP <55%

Cool Down:
10 minutes easy pedaling

Sample Day 3
0:15:00
Run

Within 10 minutes of finishing the bike, begin the run.
Zone 2 run.

Sample Day 4
0:50:00
Run

Zone 2 run.
At the completion of the run ,do 2 to 4 x 100m accelerations building up to Zone 4, with 30 seconds Zone 1 between each acceleration.
Walk recovery + stretch.

Sample Day 6
2:00:00
Bike

Begin the ride at Zone 2. FTP of 56 to 75%.

During the ride, at your discretion, include the following tempo intervals:

2 x 15 minute tempo intervals, Zone 3 (FTP 76%-90%). Recovery between each interval is Zone 1 for 5 minutes.

Finish the ride at Zone 2. FTP of 56 to 75%.

Coach Bree Soileau
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Alamo 180

Since 2011, Alamo 180 has specialized in coaching nearly a thousand Sprint & Olympic Half Ironman, and Full Ironman finishes. These numbers continue to grow year after year!

We know how to expertly develop training programs that work and allow athletes to achieve their triathlon goals! Our proven programs get athletes to the start line healthy and strong, and to the finish line with a smile on their face.