An advanced level plan for athletes preparing for 70.3 Champs or capable of qualifying for World Champs.
The plan assumes a flexible lifestyle and a very high standard of base fitness.
The plan is appropriate for short-course athletes going long, or Ironman athletes stepping down.
Pace Change 200s
16x50 all on 10s rest with this pattern
• 3 Easy; 1 Fast
• (4x) 1 Steady, 1 Fast
• 3 Easy; 1 Fast
5x200 Easy on 10s rest
4x200 Steady on 10s rest
3x200 Mod-hard on 10s rest
2x200 Fast on 10s rest
This swim can be shortened by dropping the 5x200 line.
Please refer to Strength Training for Triathlon in the Strength section of the Endurance Corner Libarary (www.endurancecorner.com) and periodize your season according to the guidelines. If you are new to strength training then progress slowly.
6 minutes choice warm-up Then 3x200 BBP (Band Buoy Paddles) Steady on 5s rest 3x150 BB Mod-Hard on 5s rest 3x100 Band Only Fast on 10s rest Then Three Sets of 7x100 no extra rest between sets and NO gear. Pattern is: 1 at TT1500 plus 25s 1 at TT1500 plus 15s 3 at TT1500 plus 5s 1 at TT1500 plus 15s 1 at TT1500 plus 25s ++ 1 at TT1500 plus 20s 1 at TT1500 plus 15s 3 at TT1500 plus 5s 1 at TT1500 plus 15s 1 at TT1500 plus 20s ++ 1 at TT1500 plus 15s 1 at TT1500 plus 10s 3 at TT1500 plus 5s 1 at TT1500 plus 10s 1 at TT1500 plus 15s ==== Then 6x75 - odds are Fly/Back/Breast; evens are Back/Breast/Free - do them continuous with legal turns ==== C/D TT1500 is average pace per 100 for a 1500 TT For the 3x100 in the "middle" seek to hold slightly faster than TT pace each time. For the other swims - change speed, use the clock and learn how to recover while swimming so that your fastest swimming is in the middle of the 3rd set of seven.
Warm-up with 15 minutes easy running that builds to Steady
Then do 6x 75 meter Strides with walking recoveries
Main Set is 6 x 10 minutes
Pattern is 2/4/3/1
Learn how to manage your pace effectively. The PowerWalk is important so you learn how to do that effectively and take aid smoothly in your races.
A good proxy for Threshold run pace is what you are able to achieve off the bike in an Olympic distance race. So Threshold pace is slightly quicker than 70.3 race pace and Mod-hard is slightly slower than 70.3 race pace.
Warm-up with 15 minutes that build to steady. The goal of this session is to progressively build until you are able to run all three 25 minute segments at close to 70.3 race pace.
However, this assumes that you will be running Mod-Hard pace in your race! If you are likely to run Threshold pace in your event then cap pace at Mod-hard for this workout. Likewise, if you are likely to be running Steady pace in your event then cap pace at Steady.
This is meant to be an intensive endurance workout and it is essential that you are in your Mod-Hard zone to get the physiological benefits that we're targeting. Don't race.
Main set structure is (3x) 25/5 - 25s are Mod-hard pace, 5s are Steady pace // don't leave your Mod-hard zone (ever), if you end up walking to stay in your Mod-hard zone then start a little easier next time.
Last 15 minutes of the workout are easy. I like to end this session with strides -- perfect form, moving quickly when fatigued, long recoveries.
Pace Change 125s
300 Easy on 15s rest
3x100 Steady on 15s rest
8x125 as 50 Easy (long strokes), 25 Fast, 50 Steady on 15s rest
8x125 as 50 Easy (long strokes), 25 Fast, 50 Steady on 10s rest
Optional Additional Main Set
200 Easy; 4x200 Steady on 15s rest
Run off the bike for 30 minutes with Steady effort– insert 1 minute walking into each 10 minute block, end with 6x75 meter Strides on 30s walking recovery