NEW: HALF-DISTANCE TRIATHLON, "5-2" BASE PLAN, OVER 50, 9-14hpw, BIKE POWER METER, 12 WEEKS
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Train smart with a half-distance triathlon plan by Joe Friel, best-selling author and internationally recognized endurance coach.
• Prepare for a half-distance triathlon: swim = 2k, bike = 90k, run = 21.1k
• Plan is intended for intermediate triathletes over age 50.
• Plan is for 12 weeks of Base training, to be followed by 12 weeks of Build-Peak plan training.
• Receive two follow-up emails from Joe with more information on the plan (must provide email address at time of purchase).
• If plan is not working for you within the first 2 weeks, you can switch to a plan of equal value or receive a full refund.
“Joe Friel’s wealth of knowledge in triathlon is astounding.” —Siri Lindley, triathlon world champion
“Joe Friel is one of the world’s foremost experts on endurance sports.” —Outside magazine
This half-distance Base plan for the over-50 triathlete was designed using principles from Joe's Triathlete’s Training Bible. Having this book handy will help navigate the workouts presented in the training plan but is not necessary.
Who is this plan for?
This plan is intended for the over-50 triathlete, but it may also be used by younger athletes who take longer to recover after hard workouts. This is a fairly challenging training plan; do not purchase if you are not at least an intermediate triathlete! By the end of 12 weeks you will have excellent Base fitness and be ready to start the Build-Peak period plan 12 weeks prior to your A-priority, half-distance race.
When should you start the plan?
Start about 24 weeks prior to your A-priority race. Following this 12-week plan will get you ready to start the Half-Distance Build-Peak period, which specifically prepares you for your A-priority race. You should be able to swim 1 hour, bike 1.5 hours, and run 1 hour before starting this plan. You should also be able to frequently do two workouts per day. You will need heart rate (bike and run) and power (bike) zones set before starting this plan. (For a detailed description of how to set your zones for heart rate, power, or pace, read this.)
What is the weekly volume?
Over 12 weeks, you will increase your weekly volume from about 9 hours to around 14 hours. A typical week includes 3–4 swims, 3–4 bikes, 3–4 runs, and 1–2 strength workouts. Exceptions are the R&R weeks every third week with volume significantly reduced for 4–5 days and self-testing at the end of the week to measure progress. Note that this plan is based on Joe's "5-2" weekly training method, which he uses for his own training. This means there are 5 easy days of training each week with 2 hard days (Thursdays and Sundays). The 2 hard days become increasingly difficult and each have 1–2 challenging workouts. But with 2–3 easy days between them, you can recover and be ready for each of the hard days.
Do you need any devices?
You will need a power meter to gauge the bike intensities of this plan. The workouts use the TrainingPeaks “Workout Builder” so that they may be uploaded to a device (power meter, GPS, etc.). (For more information on compatible devices and apps and how to export the workouts, read this. However, it’s not necessary to upload the workouts in order to use this plan.)
After your event, please provide feedback to Joe on how this plan worked for you.
“Thanks again for your interest in my training plans, and I hope your training and racing go very well this season.” —Joe Friel
Training Plan Sample Week
Average Weekly Breakdown
|Workouts||Weekly Average||Longest Workout|
|2:45 hrs||1:30 hrs|
|3:08 hrs||2:00 hrs|
|3:27 hrs||3:00 hrs|
|1:15 hrs||1:00 hrs|
|Workouts Per Week||Weekly Average||Longest Workout|
||2:45 hrs||1:30 hrs|
||3:08 hrs||2:00 hrs|
||3:27 hrs||3:00 hrs|
||1:15 hrs||1:00 hrs|
Training Load By Week
This plan works best with the following fitness devices: