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Intermediate 26-Wk Full-Distance Triathlon Training Plan


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26 Weeks

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Plan Description

This is an intermediate training plan for an athlete interested in competing in a full-distance triathlon (2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, 26.2-mile run). This training plan is geared towards the individual that has completed at least one or two full-distance triathlons and is interested in setting a personal best or being more competitive within their age group in a full-distance race. This training plan is prescribed and individualized based on pace, heart rate, and Rating of Perceived Exertion (1-10 scale) and assumes that an athlete has the equipment necessary to swim, bike, and run. This training plan includes a mixture of pool swimming and open water swimming, as well as road running and road cycling, and resistance training performed in a gym. An athlete should have a basic level of fitness and at least 6-12 months of triathlon experience in which they trained specifically for triathlon. If the athlete is looking to improve their specific swim mechanics or their specific cycling and/or run skills, it is recommended that they also seek out personal and individual coaching from a sport-specific coach.

Note: When viewing the average weekly hours within the Training Plan Preview, total swim hours estimated and are not the exact duration you will likely end up swimming in each session. The swim hours are estimated based on the yards/meters of each individual swim session.

This training plan comes with a few documents/resources that will prove useful to athletes while following. along to the prescribed plan:
1. Instructional Booklet - Contains basic educational and background material that will help the athlete successfully complete the training plan and learn about the training process
2. Exercise Technique Guidebook - Contains pictures and descriptions of over 80 exercises that will help the athlete successfully complete training sessions prescribed within the plan
3. Training & Racing Zones Chart - This will be useful in documenting your swim, bike, and run pace/heart rate zones to be used during training and racing; these zones will bet set by performing tests regularly throughout the training plan

Basic equipment needed to successfully complete the swim sessions within this training plan include:
-wetsuit (if swimming in colder open water venues during training or racing)

Basic equipment needed to successfully complete the bike sessions within this training plan include:
-bike (standard road bike or triathlon-specific bike are ideal)
-bike helmet
-tire pump
-proper cycling clothes and attire (cycling shoes if desired and cycling shorts and jerseys)
-flat kit (can be kept in saddle bag or in jersey pockets while riding)
-heart rate monitor

Basic equipment needed to successfully complete the run sessions within this training plan include:
-running shoes
-proper run clothing and attire
-heart rate monitor

Training Plan Sample Week


Average Weekly Breakdown

Workouts Weekly Average Longest Workout
3:18 hrs 2:45 hrs
5:09 hrs 5:30 hrs
0:30 hrs 0:45 hrs
0:38 hrs 0:45 hrs
Workouts Per Week Weekly Average Longest Workout
3:18 hrs 2:45 hrs
5:09 hrs 5:30 hrs
0:30 hrs 0:45 hrs
0:38 hrs 0:45 hrs

Training Load By Week

This plan works best with the following fitness devices:

  • Heart Rate Monitor
  • GPS

All supported devices

Ryan Eckert, MS, CSCS

Peak Endurance Solutions, LLC

Peak Endurance Solutions is a company dedicated to providing endurance athletes with a premier coaching service through individualized, one-on-one coaching. Peak Endurance Solutions provides personalized coaching as well as pre-set, customized training plans available for purchase.