This 13-Week training plan is for experienced triathletes looking to comfortably complete their first half-ironman distance event (1.2 miles of swimming, 56 miles of cycling and 13.1 miles of running.) This plan is for the experienced triathlete, who has completed several sprint and Olympic distance races.
You can currently swim three times per week for about an hour, estimating a race swim pace of 1:45 to 2:00 per 100 yards. You are currently doing a long bike ride at about 90-minutes and you estimate an average of 15 to 18 miles per hour for the race. You can currently do a long run that is about 75-minutes long. Weekday training needs to be light, but weekend training hours are more available. The total training hours for the first week of the plan are 8:00 (please see the Plan Preview) and the biggest week of training, Week 11, is 10:30. The long run builds to 2:00 and the long ride builds to 4:00.
The major differences between this plan and the 13-Week Intermediate plan are training volume, the volume of training above Zone 2 and the format of long training days. (In this plan the long run is on Saturday and the long ride is Sunday. In the intermediate plan the long run is Sunday and the long ride is Saturday.) Of course there is also one more week of training with this plan.
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The main set will be mostly aerobic work; however a good deal of form work is included at the beginning or the end of the workout. For this workout, speed is less important than good form. Some coaches refer to this as drill work. Neuromuscular training is important during the drill segment. (Can select a Workouts in a Binder card E(Form). )
This level is used for aerobic maintenance and endurance training. Heart rate should stay primarily in the 1 to 2 zones. How much time is spent in each zone depends on how you feel that day. The goal of an E2 run is not to see how much time you can spend in Zone 2. Run a rolling course if possible, with grades up to 4 percent. For reference, most highway off-ramps are 4-percent grade. Changing the grade on a treadmill, for those living in vertically deficient cities, can simulate hills. If you run with a group, inner discipline is necessary to let the group go if they turn a training run into a race.
Ride mostly in Zones 1 to 2 zones with a few short (10 to 20 second) accelerations placed throughout the workout, your choice. Relax and have fun.
BT: Swim with masters or on your own, control the intensity, so RPE of the main set is mostly in Zone 3. Some plans offer an optional main set workout in the comment section. You can also select a Workouts in a Binder card (E).
This workout is intended to work on running form and neuromuscular coordination. After 15 to 20 minutes of warm-up, complete the fast run segments (typically 20- to 30-seconds) on a soft flat surface, such as a grassy park or football field. Walk or slowly jog back to the start position, taking the assigned time to rest (typically 90-100 seconds.) The emphasis is on quick cadence and proud posture. This workout is for form, so trying to spend every moment above Zone 1 is not important. If heart rate drops below Zone 1 during recovery, it is okay. Cool down with 5 to10 minutes of easy jogging.
Ride in the small chain ring at 90 rpm on a flat course, keeping heart rate in Zone 1. If you are unable to maintain 90 rpm, coast and rest until you can resume 90 rpm.
Swim with masters or on your own, control the intensity, so RPE is in Zones 1-2. (Can select a Workouts in a Binder card (E). )