Olympic Distance Triathlon Training Plan - 20 Weeks
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This training plan is designed for the intermediate/advanced triathlete looking to take on the challenge of an Olympic distance triathlon (1.5K Swim + 40K Bike + 10K Run). He/she may be moving up in distance from a Sprint Triathlon, down in distance from a Half Distance or Full Distance triathlon, looking to improve upon a previous race result, or getting into triathlon from another sport (i.e. swimming, cycling or running).
This plan averages approx 11 hrs / week (maximum of ~14 hrs) and consists of two (2) swims, three (3) bikes, and three (3) runs. Over time, two (2) additional runs are added in the form of "bricks" (bike + run). Two (2) weekly strength training sessions are also built into the plan. Prior to beginning the training plan, the athlete should be training consistently and should be able to comfortably complete 2000 meters/yards of swimming, 1 hour of cycling and 45 min of running.
- 2 Swims
- 3 Bikes
- 5 Runs*
- 2 Strength Training Sessions
* 2 of the Bikes are "Bricks" (Bike + Run) and include relatively short runs immediately after the bike workout.
The workouts are based upon the following Training Zones:
Zone Name RPE
Z1 Recovery 6 - 8
Z2 Extensive Endurance 9 - 11
Z3 Intensive Endurance 12 - 14
Z4 Sub Threshold 15
Z5a Super Threshold/LT 16
Z5b Anaerobic Endurance 17
Z5c Power 19 - 20
Depending upon the athlete’s background, limiters and goals, he/she can make some easy modifications by doing any of the following:
- Add in a 3rd Swim (or replace one of the Strength Training sessions with a 3rd Swim)
- Schedule a Recovery period every 3rd week (current plan has a Recovery period every 4th week)
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How it Works
Training Plan Sample Week
Average Weekly Breakdown
|Workouts||Weekly Average||Longest Workout|
|3:24 hrs||2:00 hrs|
|3:40 hrs||2:00 hrs|
|1:59 hrs||1:20 hrs|
|0:50 hrs||0:45 hrs|
|Workouts Per Week||Weekly Average||Longest Workout|
||3:24 hrs||2:00 hrs|
||3:40 hrs||2:00 hrs|
||1:59 hrs||1:20 hrs|
||0:50 hrs||0:45 hrs|
Training Load By Week
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