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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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Please click on the link below for your guide to the strength and conditioning workouts.
These sessions will be done at lower intensities. The goal is to build your swim endurance. Follow the distance guidelines below and don't worry about the time for now.
200FC in Zone 2 + 15secs rest.
6x100 with fins if possible (+10secs rests) as:
Rep 1. 25 Side Kick L, 25 Side Kick R, 50FC
Rep 2. FC breathe every 5
Rep 3. 25 Front Scull/25FC
Rep 4. 25 Side Kick L, 25 Side Kick R, 50FC.
Rep 5. FC breathe every 5
Rep 6: PULL with optional hand paddles
All in low Zone 4.
8x50 +5secs rests,
4x100 +10secs rest,
3x200 +20secs rest,
2x300 +40secs rest.
All in Zone 2.
200 as (FC/PULL/BACK/BREAST).
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 easy Zone 2
7,6,5,4 mins all in upper Zone 4 +3mins rests in Zone 2.
5mins easy spin down in Zone 2
These runs will maintain and develop your threshold run pace. They feature longer reps with relatively short recoveries.
15mins easy jog in Zone 2.
5 x 5 mins. Aim for upper Zone 4. + 60 secs jog recoveries in Zone 2.
5mins in Zone 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.
5 mins in Zone 2, at your normal cadence.
11 mins in a big gear at 50rpm in low Zone 3 +60secs easy spin recovery in Zone 1.
10 mins in a big gear, 60rpm in Zone 3 +60secs easy spin recovery in Zone 1.
9 mins in a big gear at 70rpm in Zone 3 +60secs easy spin recovery in Zone 1.
8 mins at 80rpm in Zone 3 +60secs easy spin recovery in Zone 1.
7 mins at 90rpm in Zone 3.
5 mins 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.
All in Zone 2:
2x200 as (50FC, 50BACK, 50FC, 50KICK) +15 secs rest,
200 alternating (50DRILL*/50FC) +15secs rest,
8x100 alternating (100FC/100PULL) in Zone 4 + 15secs rests.
4x50KICK in Zone 4 +15secs rests.
4x100FC as (50 in Zone 5/50 in Zone 2) +15secs rests.
All in Zone 2.
200 as (50FC/50BACK/50BREAST/50PULL)
These workouts are designed to increase your aerobic endurance and Functional Threshold Power. Most of the ride is done at a low intensity, but there are also several sub-threshold efforts. These won't feel too hard initially, but will feel tougher as the session goes on.
2 hours in Zone 2
4x10mins in in upper Zone 3 to low Zone 4. Plus 3mins recoveries in Zone 2.
1 hour 38 mins in Zone 2