TBC/-Half-Ironman Base Period (OVER 50 years old) 9-14hrs/wk

Average Weekly Training Hours 11:10
Training Load By Week
Average Weekly Training Hours 11:10
Training Load By Week

This plan was designed by Joe Friel using the principles of The Triathletes Training Bible for the OVER-age-50 athlete. The major difference between this and the under-50 plan is that brief rest periods are built in more frequently for over 50. This plan is best started about 23 weeks prior to your first A race of the season. This plan is quite detailed, often including alternative workouts, yet easy to follow. To start this plan you should be able to swim 1 hour, bike 1.5 hours, and run 1 hour. Over 12 weeks you will increase your weekly volume from about 9.5 hours to 14 hours including 3 swims, 2 to 4 bikes, 3 to 4 runs, and 1 to 2 strength workouts each week. The exceptions are the R&R weeks every third week with volume significantly reduced for 4 to 5 days and self-testing at the end of the week to measure progress. The plan uses common tri language to describe the workouts and is easy to follow. By the end of 12 weeks you will have excellent Base fitness and be ready to start the Build period 11 weeks prior to your A-priority, half-Ironman race. (For detailed description of how to set your zones for heart rate, power or pace go to http://tinyurl.com/29t3q6m and click on USING HR, POWER AND PACE (PDF) under my picture.)

Sample Day 1
1:00:00

After warm up do 3-4 sets of AA. Cool down with 5-10 minutes of spinning in easy gear/resistance at high rpm. For details go to www.TrainingBible.com and click on FREE RESOURCES and then on TRAINING WORKOUTS. Or turn to Chapter 13 in The Triathlete's Training Bible.

Sample Day 2
0:45:00

Strides (this is best outdoors but may be done on a treadmill). Warm up. Then 4-5x20 seconds fast on soft, gentle downhill. Approximately 400m race pace. Not all out. Relax. Walk and hop back to start point during each recovery. Hop 30 times on right leg and then 30 times on left leg (hops are to build foot/leg strength). Zone 1 cool down.

Sample Day 2
0:45:00

(You may substitute a masters swim workout.) WU: 100 swim easy, 50 kick easy, 100 swim moderate, 50 kick moderate, 100 swim build speed, 50 kick build speed.
MS: For the first set decrease times with each work interval. All aerobic—easy breathing.
4 x 100 (10”) moderate.
Rest 2 minutes.
Kick 300 steady.
6 x 25 relaxed speed (15”).
CD: 200 easy swim.
Total: 1500

Sample Day 3
1:00:00

Isolated Leg Training (ILT) on indoor trainer. After warm-up, then alternate 20-60 seconds with 1 leg--other on a chair. Get a total of 7-10 minutes of ILT on each leg in workout. Alternate legs as you feel like it. Comfortably high cadence. Focus on eliminating dead spot at top of stroke by pushing toes forward in shoes at top.

Sample Day 4
0:45:00

On soft but firm surface, heart rate in zone 1 only. Pretty form and quick cadence. (This is best outdoors but may be done on a treadmill).

Sample Day 4
0:45:00

(You may substitute a masters swim workout.) WU: 100 swim easy, 50 kick easy, 100 swim moderate, 50 kick moderate, 100 swim build speed, 50 kick build speed.
MS: For the first set decrease times with each work interval. All aerobic—easy breathing.
4 x 100 (10”) moderate.
Rest 2 minutes.
Kick 300 steady.
6 x 25 relaxed speed (15”).
CD: 200 easy swim.
Total: 1500

Sample Day 5
1:00:00

After warm up do 3-4 sets of AA. Cool down with 5-10 minutes of spinning in easy gear/resistance at high rpm. For details go to www.TrainingBible.com and click on FREE RESOURCES and then on TRAINING WORKOUTS. Or turn to Chapter 13 in The Triathlete's Training Bible.