TPS 12 Week 70.3 Plan - Intermediate

Average Weekly Training Hours 09:12
Training Load By Week
Average Weekly Training Hours 09:12
Training Load By Week

This plan is far more challenging than the Beginner 70.3 plan. Workouts are HR based for bike and run workouts. Swim workouts are based on threshold pace.
You should be able to swim at least 2km, cycle 60km and run 10km before starting this plan.

We use Joe Friel's 7 zones, follow this link for more info:
https://www.trainingpeaks.com/blog/joe-friel-s-quick-guide-to-setting-zones/

The plan is progressive and builds you up to being race ready for your race. There are some challenging brick sessions in there to get you used to the feeling of running off the bike as well as multiple interval sessions.
If you feel sick or fatigued you should take 1 to 2 days off. Do not try to make up lost sessions, rather ease back into training.
There are no strength sessions provided. It is recommended that you at least do functional core sessions or at least a light weights workout to help prevent injury and maintain basic strength. This should take no more than 30min. Good days to do these sessions would be a Monday, Wednesday or Friday. Two sessions a week is adequate for strength workouts.
Long distance racing is all about pacing and nutrition when it comes to race day. It is highly important to work out what nutrition and hydration works for you. On some of the longer weekend workouts it will give you a chance to practise using your nutrition and hydration. You should work out what works for you, your sweat rate, you can even get sweat tested:

https://www.precisionhydration.com/

If you swim with a swim squad or do track sessions you can replace the swims and interval run sessions with your club workouts. Make sure your coach is aware of your planned race.

Good luck, if you have any questions or need the plan changed to suit your schedule email nicktpscoach@gmail.com

Sample Day -5
2:00:00
96TSS
Long bike - week out from race

60min easy @ Z1HR - cadence @ 80-90rpm
4x30sec build efforts @ 85-95rpm
60sec easy recovery
Main Set:
6x5min @ Z3HR - no higher with the race a week out
2min easy recovery @ Z1-2
@ Remainder of the ride easy

Sample Day -3
0:45:00
1700m
Steady Swim

400m easy warm up - mix it up with back stroke if you want to - 60sec rest
10x50m steady @ 80-90% of threshold pace for the 50m - 20sec rest
8x25m easy kick - use fins if you have them - 20sec rest
10x50m steady @ 90-100% of threshold pace for the 50m - 20sec rest
100m easy warm down

Sample Day -3
0:30:00
20TSS
Easy to steady 30min run

Easy 30min run @ Z1HR

Sample Day -2
1:00:00
44.3TSS
Pre Race Cycle - 60min

15min build warm up to a high Z1
5x30 sec build efforts/90sec easy
Main Set:
15sec hard/1min 45sec easy to steady
30sec hard/ 90sec easy to steady
45sec hard/75sec easy to steady
60sec hard/60sec easy to steady
75sec hard/45sec easy to steady
90sec hard
Remainder of the ride easy to make up @60min

Sample Day -1
0:45:00
1700m
Pre race swim

400 easy pull warm up - 30sec rest
8x25 as 15m fast/10m easy - 15sec rest
8x50 @ race pace - 20sec rest
8x25 steady kick with kick board - 10sec rest
5x100m easy warm down - 20sec rest

Sample Day 0
0:45:00
33.3TSS
Cycle - Pre race 10x60sec high cadence

15min warm up
Main Set:
10x60sec @ cadence @ 100rpm, keep the effort comfortable and no higher than Z2HR - 60sec easy
10min easy warm down

Sample Day 1
0:20:00
13.3TSS
Easy to steady 20min run

Easy 20min run @ Z1HR

Nick Saunders
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Triathlon Performance Solutions Ltd

Triathlon Performance Solutions (TPS) is a UK based coaching company. TPS was founded by Ben Bright back in 2010 and joined by Nick Saunders and Andy Brodziak.
TPS offers:

  • Coaching for all distances. Our athletes are coached locally and remotely through TrainingPeaks.
  • March winter training camp in Fuerteventura.
  • Online training plans for all distances.
  • Precision Hydration Sweat Testing by Andy Brodziak.