Designed by the UK’s most experienced Iron-distance coach and athlete, Steve Lumley (BTF L3 coach, MSc) for age – group triathletes with limited time available. This plan draws on Steve’s 25+ years experience of coaching and racing all triathlon distances, including 36 Iron man distance races and 5 Hawaii qualifications himself. He has coached athletes to hundreds of full and half IM finishes. These have ranged from novice to elite and include several Hawaii world championship qualifications.
This plan is targeted at a novice / improver triathlete, aiming to complete the half IM distance. They should be confident at standard or sprint distance triathlon and possibly have completed a half IM distance race already and looking to improve.
Prior to commencing this plan athletes should have at least 3-4 weeks of preparation training under their belt and be comfortable riding for 2+ hours and running for 60 minutes continuously.
Training plan volume is between 7 and 11.5 hours per week, and is organised on a 3 week macrocycle - every 3rd week is a recovery week, often including self testing sessions. The weekly schedule includes 2-3 swim sessions, 2-3 bike sessions and 2-3 run sessions. Intensity is generally based on heart rate and / or perceived exertion. One or two ‘strength’ / conditioning sessions each week are recommended in addition to the swim, bike and run sessions detailed.
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15 mins progressive warm up to 'tempo' / 35 mins at Tempo / 5 mins easy warm down
3 x 150 as swim-kick-pull w. +20 secs
7 x 50 build 1st 30m to E2b, then E1 w. +20 secs
3 x 500 E2a w. +1 min
COOL DOWN: 3 x 100 scull/pull by 25s
Easy fartlek Mix in some fast stride-outs, sustained runs for a minute or 2, short hill sprints, downhill strides, etc, making sure that you have easy recovery jogs in between. 3. Cool-down 10 - 15 minutes
Warm -up 300 continuous as 150swim/50 kick/100b/c Main Set E2a 6 x 250m w. 25 secs recovery Nos. 1-2 Pull No. 2 Swim Nos. 3-5 Drill 50/Swim 50 No. 6 Swim WD: 200 E1
Ride in the HR 1-2 zones on a mostly flat course. Include pedaling drills such as: a) try to drive pedal straight forward from 9 to 3 o'clock, b) pedal with foot against the top inside of your shoe trying to avoid touching the insole, c) try to touch toes to end of your shoes at top of downstroke. Stay as relaxed as you can while doing these drills. No tension in feet, legs, hands, etc.
100 swim E1 Cont.
6 x 50 1-2 on front no boards w. +15 secs
3-4 on back
5-6 on side
Technique Set - Emphasise High Elbow at entry
- High Elbow in catch
- Hand tracking straight
- timing and body roll
8 x 100 as 25 drill/25 swim w. +20 secs + 1 min between sets:
1. Trickle finger
2. Scull at front with high elbows
3. Doggy paddle
4. Clenched fist
5. Thumb down centre line
6. 1 arm, other arm in front
8. 1 arm, other arm by side (NB body roll)
2 x 250 E2a w. 15 secs
Cool-down 100 Other strokes
90 min E1 on rolling course - work on fast, relaxed downhills