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There are 2 swims, 2-3 cycles, 2-3 runs and a strength workout per week. There's a day off each week and every fourth week is easier. There are bike to run brick workouts and open water swims. To be successful with this plan you should have at least 12-months experience of triathlon. Training zones are provided with HR, Feel, Power or Pace. You can start this plan any Monday.
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These sessions will be done at lower intensities, and will progress in duration. The goal is to build your swim endurance. Follow the distance guidelines below and don't worry about the time for now. The guide to zones and abbreviations is in the PDF attached to Day 1.
4x100FC all in Zone 2 with 5secs rests.
200 alternating (50DRILL/50FC) in Zone 2.
4 sets of (4x50FC in Zone 2 +5secs rest) +30secs rest between sets.
4 sets of (2x100FC in Zone 3 +10secs rest) +30secs rest between sets.
4 x 200FC in Zone 2 +10secs rests.
All in Zone 2.
2x100 as (25BACK/50FC/25BREAST) +15secs rests.
100FC with optional fins.
Please click on the link below for your guide to the strength and conditioning workouts.
These short mid-week workouts are well suited to an indoor bike trainer. They are fairly high intensity, so there's no need to make them longer.
15mins in Zone 2
6 x 3 mins in upper Zone 4 with 3 minute recoveries in Zone 1.
5mins in Zone 1-2
These short runs will maintain and develop your leg speed. The goal is to raise the ceiling of your current running ability.
15mins in Zone 2
18 mins alternating (2 mins in Zone 5, 60 secs in Zone 1).
10 mins in Zone 1-2
Think of this like a bike-specific gym strength workout. It will increase cycling related leg-strength (torque) which will help you get more power out of each pedal stroke. Do them on your race-day bike position if possible.
10mins in Zone 2, at your normal cadence.
10mins in a big gear at 50rpm in Zone 3 +60secs easy spin recovery in Zone 1.
9mins in a big gear, 60rpm in Zone 3 +60secs easy spin recovery in Zone 1.
8mins in a big gear at 70rpm in Zone 3 +60secs easy spin recovery in Zone 1.
7mins at 80rpm in Zone 3 +60secs easy spin recovery in Zone 1.
6mins at 90rpm in Zone 3.
5mins in Zone 2, normal cadence.
The main set of these swims involves moderately hard efforts with short rests, designed to boost your threshold swim speed. The guide to abbreviations is in the PDF attached to Day 1.
300 in Zone 2 as (200FC/50BACK/50BREAST).
4 x 500 FC in Zone 3 to 4 with 60secs rests.
Alternate each of the four intervals like this:
3. FC with optional fins
4. PULL with optional hand paddles
200 Your choice in Zone 1-2
Get off your bike and settle into a nice steady run in Zone 2. Don't over stride.