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Long Distance 140.6 Triathlon Pre Competition & Taper phase 8 weeks


Nick de Meyer British Triathlon Federation level 3 Coach, Training Bible Master endurance coach

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Plan Description

This Pre Competition phase of training plan has been prepared to help you work more on the specifics of your goal A race. This time is an opportunity to do some local “training races” to become used to the race paced efforts. During this phase of training, the focus will move away from developing muscular strength to increasing muscular endurance, strength and power, it will include less important races, lactate tolerance buffering more, interval sessions and an opportunity to practice race tactics, such as open water swimming, transitions and brick sessions

The plan will follow a 4 week cycle of easy, medium, hard and recovery weeks based on hourly volume, and will provide you with an increase in VO2 max, an improvement in lactate buffering and removal, plus an improved resistance to fatigue from interval sessions.


Average Weekly Breakdown

Workouts Weekly Average Longest Workout
2:53 hrs 1:30 hrs
4:15 hrs 5:30 hrs
2:06 hrs 2:30 hrs
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1:59 hrs 6:30 hrs
Workouts Per Week Weekly Average Longest Workout
2:53 hrs 1:30 hrs
4:15 hrs 5:30 hrs
2:06 hrs 2:30 hrs
—— ——
1:59 hrs 6:30 hrs

Training Load By Week

This plan works best with the following fitness devices:

  • Heart Rate Monitor
  • GPS

All supported devices

Nick de Meyer

Speedy Swimming

Nick has been a Level 3 British Triathlon Coach for 14 years, and has been a master endurance coach with Training Bible Coaching UK in that time. He is also a Training Peaks Level 2 Accredited Coach, and has worked as a Regional Development Coach for the South East region for British Triathlon.

Alongside his online coaching business, Nick also runs Speedy Swimming which specialise in 1-2-1 front crawl technique lessons, endless pool swim video analysis, swim clinics and group swim sessions

Sample Day 1


BT: Warm-up well. Then ride 40 to 60 minutes non-stop in the heart rate 3 zone on a mostly flat course. 85-95 rpm. Smooth pedaling. Aero position.

Sample Day 1


Run with heart rate in zone 1 on a flat, soft surface. VERY easy. Embarrassingly slow. Best alone.

Sample Day 2

Ironman Test set

BT: Warm up: 200 building speed each 50 (slow-mod-faster-fastest). Rest 30 sec. Then 5 x 400 (10 sec recoveries) building speed on each 100 (slow-mod-faster-fastest). Recover 10 seconds after last one. Then swim a 500 time trial. All out. Your average 100 pace for this is your T-time for future workouts. Then swim easy, 100 cool down. (2800m/y)

Sample Day 3

1/2 ironman swim develop pacing awareness 1km tt and 100m pacing

AIM: Develop Pacing Awareness Warm Up 300 FC 100 BC Main Set: Keep focussed – tough session 5 x 100m FC Pace Control 30 rest 85% effort 1000m TT FC 80-85% 60 rest • Odd lengths bilateral every 3 • Record Time 5 x 100m FC Pace Control 20 rest 85% effort • Keep 100m splits consistent • Keep to rest periods • Maintaining Stroke count • Record Total time for 100m splits and rest – minus 4:10 Cool Down Stroke drills per 100m (if time) 4x 25 FC Eyes closed swim – 10 secs gap. Practice tumble turns 3-4 times 100 BR

Sample Day 3

Hill ride-long climbs

BT: Hilly course with long climbs. Stay in the heart rate 2-4 zones on hills. No anaerobic. Do not force the effort on hills. Hold back some on climbs. Mostly seated on climbs.

Sample Day 4

Cruise ints, 4-5x3 minutes zone 4-5a heart rate

BT: Cruise intervals. Warm up well. Then 4-5 x 3 minutes. Build heart rate to zone 4-5a. 2 minute recovery interval. Relaxed form! Listen to breathing.

Sample Day 6

Open water, fartlek

Open water with partner/s. Several short race efforts. Work on sighting and swimming straight. (If open water is not possible this week do the same type of siting swim in a pool looking at a landmark above the deck every 4th to 6th stroke.)

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