Want to CRUSH that 140.6 you have in 16 weeks? This is the training plan for you!
Can you answer yes to all of these questions?
You’ve been training consistently for the last 9 months, averaging between 8 and 12 hours a week.
You can run comfortably for 10 miles without any pain or without needing to stop.
You can swim continuously in open water for more than 60 minutes without needing to stop or hold onto something.
You’ve completed a 70.3 triathlon at least once before and are familiar with training for all three disciplines
You want to take a structured approach to help you get the most out of your training.
You are time-crunched and only have 8-16 hours available a week to train.
You have access to a swimming pool or suitable body of water 2-3 times per week.
You want to become a more well-rounded athlete by incorporating Yoga and Strength Training into your weekly training routine.
Full Frontal, the 4DP(™) fitness test, is the only test that exposes every aspect of your unique physiology in a single hour. Developed by elite cycling coach Neal Henderson, founder of APEX Coaching, and based on more than 10 years of testing athletes, this test will provide you with a complete personal power profile and identify your rider type.
All you have to do is completely destroy yourself over 4 different efforts:
- A pair of 7 second sprints
- A 5 minute flat out effort
- A 20 minute threshold effort
- A final 1 minute killer
Once you come out the other side of Full Frontal you'll get your profile and rider type. From then on, every Sufferfest Video will be customized to your abilities to ensure no session is too hard or too easy. Not only do you get customized workouts with Full Frontal, you will also get to see the exact areas where you shine. You will also get insight into the areas where you might need to do some work, giving you the road map of where you should guide your training until your next exposure to Full Frontal.
This swim session is designed to establish the training zones used to pace every subsequent workout. By structuring your workouts around your swim speed you will be able to develop your ability to swim faster and smarter with our structured workouts and technique sessions.
To start, you will want to download and print off this page outlining your Swimming Zones
You will need to have a method of tracking the time it takes you to swim 500m in the pool (most pools will have clocks). To find your Swimming Threshold Pace (STP), add 25 seconds to your total 500m time, then divide that time by 5. This will give you your STP in terms of time per 100m. Your zones will then be based on adding (or subtracting) time from that 100m pace.
Here’s what you need to do in order to CRUSH this swim test:
Warm-up: Start with an easy 300-500m swim in the stroke of your choice. Rest for 60 seconds.
Activation 1: Swim 10 sets of 50m Drills Rest for 20 seconds.
Activation 2: Swim 2 sets of 100m, increasing from a moderate to fast speed throughout the 100m. Rest for 30 seconds.
Activation 3: Swim 2 sets of 25m, both done at just below your maximum. Rest for 30 seconds.
50m Test: Swim 50m as fast as you can. Keep track of your stroke count for the first 25m and the second 25m. Having a significantly higher stroke count on the 2nd half means you probably went out a bit too hard.
500m Pre-Test: Swim 100-200m at an easy pace and then rest for 120 seconds prior to going straight into your 500m test.
Test: Swim your fastest 500m possible. Try to start cautiously and finish strong.
Mentally count the number of strokes required on the final 100m. If this number is drastically higher than your stroke count for the 50m effort that means your form has deteriorated. Poor form means less water moved per stroke. This means you should put some extra work into your technique sessions to keep this from happening on race day.
Mark the total time it takes for you to finish the final 100m.
Very easy ride
Resist the temptation to go harder or faster.
Power should remain under 50% of FTP the entire time, and Heart Rate should never go above Z1
This run is designed to establish your running zones in order to improve your fitness in this discipline. We strongly recommend using a heart rate monitor and an app on your phone/watch device to record your performance data.
To start, you will want to download and print off this page outlining your Running Zones
For this test, you will need to track your time to complete a 5 kilometer run and your average heart rate for the final 20 minutes of your 5K run. Your running threshold pace (RTP) is determined by adding 15 seconds to the average of your 1 kilometer splits.
For best results, find a flat running track or loop with distance markers or use your phone or specialised device to track your distance.
Here’s what you need to do in order to crush this workout:
15 minute warm-up: Begin with 10 minutes of very easy running/jogging. Then build up progressively from RPE 2 to RPE 7 for 5 minutes
Activation 1: Run 2 X 90 second builds from RPE 4 to RPE 7 with 60-90 seconds easy jogging in between.
Activation 2: Finish with 4-6 X 80m strides (see definition on ‘Strides’) with 30 seconds rest between.
Test time: You’re now ready to begin your 5K test. If you aren’t sure what pace you can sustain keep the RPE around 7 for the first 1500m, and then build from that pace if you’re feeling good. Try to monitor your 1K splits to see if you are fading or staying strong throughout the run.
Cool-down: Easy jog or walk for 5-10 min until you are fully cooled down. If you have a heart rate monitor aim to keep moving until your Heart Rate returns to Z1, or drops to about 65% of the max heart rate you hit during the test.
Once you’ve cool-down, analyse your time for the full 5K and average heart heart rate for the last 20 minutes. To calculate your RTP add 15 seconds to your average kilometer splits. To calculate your running threshold heart rate (RTHR) you will want to take your average for this run and subtract 10bpm. You can then map your running zones to your RTP and RTHR in the ‘Running Zones’ sheet.
You’re now ready to use this information to transform your running fitness!
Four Dimensional Power Focus:
This is your go-to session when you need to increase your endurance and add in some threshold work but only have two hours. By adding in multiple surges and short chunks of time above threshold, ISLAGIATT overloads your system with metabolic byproducts ('the nasties') which your body has to learn to clear out more efficiently. Combining such long interval durations with these hard surges not only forces your body to cope with the effort, but it pushes you harder mentally because after each surge the effort right at threshold “feels” harder than it should. With the final intervals focusing more on short, repeated efforts you'll stress your body's ability to recover when deeply fatigued, making this more than just an “endurance builder" workout, but one that will help you keep churning out power deep into the final kilometers of challenging rides or events.
Steady Z2 run immediately after your bike session. Good time to practice your second transition!
Four Dimensional Power Focus:
Chores. They're rarely glamorous, almost never fun, and more often than not you need a hot shower and a long nap afterwards. Sort of like this workout. If you want a 'do-it-all' session, that will maintain and improve nearly every aspect of your fitness, then you're in the right place. Each set combines a series of 40 second efforts and 20 second recoveries with a sustained effort just below Threshold. The benefits are substantial. First: with such short recoveries between hard efforts, you'll pretty much empty your anaerobic fuel tank by the end of each set. This obviously develops your AC, but as your body is forced to rely more and more on your ability to produce power aerobically as your AC empties it gives your maximal aerobic (MAP) a real shove. As your body shifts from AC to MAP and begins producing almost all power from oxygen, the workout puts you into a sustained effort just below threshold. These same sustained threshold efforts when fresh would be a piece of cake, but by starting them deep in the red you will find them to be much more difficult than you might think. These efforts will push you right to the edge, but never over, so dig in deep and get your chores done!