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12 Weeks

Plan Specs

triathlon olympic intermediate masters hr based strength

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Plan Description

Sport: Triathlon Bike Discipline Includes Strength and Conditioning, Plyo, Warm ups and Cool downs

Distance: Olympic

Suitable for: Intermediate | Advanced with PWR meter or Watts measurement All sessions are turbo based and indoor

Suitable for an athlete conditioned or regularly training in this sport, or fit enough from other sports to require a challenging programme of improvement in this discipline. Your goal may be a personal best, finishing high up in a banner event or representing your club regularly. You may also be stepping up a distance and want to do this in a smart way that maximises your resistance to injury and avoids overtraining. You get a progressive programme based on your chosen way of measuring effort that’s clear, easy to follow and starts with testing and manageable sessions that grow more challenging as you improve.

This is a tough 12 week performance programme with all sessions performed indoors or on your turbo. It can be used to build power and speed at any time but is especially good for Spring preparation. This plan is ideal for those due to go away on training camp where bike is the focus, so Majorca, Tenerife, Colorado, Portugal or Spain, if you use this before you go you'll shine.

Weekly day time sessions are focussed on Sweetspot, developing endurance power with faster recovery, and threshold efforts promoting resilience and increasing endurance. The 3 hour approx weekend sessions incorporate run offs if you wish to do them. Towards the end of the programme you have a number of 40K race sims. Time invested is around 4-6 quality based hours per week

What you get:

• Video introduction and Welcome
• Full test protocols for benchmarking and improvement, plus retesting sessions
• One-minute videos on Training Peaks set up and use, plus how-to PDF
• Information on all links to connect your training device and Training Peaks+
• Access to bike power software, FREE until March 2018
• ALL sessions based on YOUR fitness and individual heart rate zones
• Inbuilt ‘progression’ challenge, sessions get more challenging the fitter you get
• Full illustrated guides on all strength and conditioning sessions
• A plan based on your chosen way of measuring your effort and improvement
• A programme based not on hours, but on fitness progression for your chosen event
• An invitation to the closed group Racestronger Facebook pages where you can share experiences, ask questions and find out more relating to your training

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Average Weekly Breakdown

Workouts Weekly Average Longest Workout
4:14 hrs 2:05 hrs
—— ——
0:05 hrs 1:00 hrs
0:19 hrs 0:32 hrs
Workouts Per Week Weekly Average Longest Workout
4:14 hrs 2:05 hrs
—— ——
0:05 hrs 1:00 hrs
0:19 hrs 0:32 hrs

Paul Gardner Head Coach Lovetri Race Team

Lovetri | Swimwerkx Race Team

Head Coach|Owner LovetriSwimwerkx Race Team
Founder online training plans

Ex GB Age Group athlete and Triathlon England Board Member. Head Coach and Coach Mentor [coach other coaches]

  • Ironman certified
  • BTF Level II Diploma
  • Training Peaks LII
  • Wattbike Power Trained

We support you in your goals, blending scientific based training proven at elite level around your work and personal life. You get fun effective functional training that delivers results.|

Sample Day 1

S&C Bike H I T

HIgh Intensity Interval Session
To be performed if you are short of time and only have a few minutes

Warm up 10 mins

8 x 20 secs FULL power with 10 seconds rest between each

Warm down spin for 5 mins

Sample Day 1

S&C Heartbreaker

You will need: dumbbells, resistance band, and turbo

Warm-up: 10 minutes zone 2 max (each time back on bike should be the same)

First set (2 minutes): • Step-back lunges with dumbbells Do 3 sets total: Holding a dumbbell sideways with two hands at your chest, do 10 reps on each leg, switching between legs (20 total). Focus on a tight core and a vertical back—do not lean forward.

Back on the
bike for 8 minutes.

Second set (2 minutes): • Core punches 10 forward, 10 backward, each arm, 3
times (TheraBand to door handle, one leg in front of other, shoulder width apart) Forward punch reach back for band and punch forward, for rear punch, face the door and band extension, and pull

Back on the bike for 8 minutes.

Third set (2 minutes): rest weight on pelvis Weighted two leg bridge, 10, then non-weighted one-legged bridge, 5 each side, then 10 weighted two-legged bridge

Back on the bike for 8 minutes.

Fourth set (2 minutes):
Side plank with dumbbell lifts into front plank Grab a light weight (5 lbs or less) and do this 3 times total: 30 seconds left plank, 30 seconds right plank, 30 seconds front plank. For the side planks, hold the weight in the opposite hand and dip your hip to the ground with it at your side, then straight arm up in an arc as you raise hip

Back on the bike for 8 minutes.

Fifth Set (2 minutes): Push-ups Do 3 sets
of 10 push-ups. If you feel strong or not tired then

Do 8 minutes on the bike and

Once for an hour, twice for longer

Sample Day 4

TURBO | VO2Max Oly+ Intensity Slide

Intensity Slide
Bear in mind your HR will take time to catch up with effort, so do on FEEL RPE=perceived exertion where 10 is max, 1 is lying down!

Ride: Adjust cadence and gearing relative to the length of efforts.

Don’t spin out on the shorter ones and try to maintain a consistent 90 rpm + on the longer ones. Zones: Use the suggested zones as a pacing guide but each effort should be maximal for the time.

8 X 15 seconds with 45 second recoveries maximal 
10 minutes Active Recovery
6 X 1 minute RPE 9-10 with 2-minute recoveries 10 minutes Active Recovery
3 X 5 minutes RPE 8-9 with 6-minute recoveries 
10 minutes Cool Down

Sample Day 6

OPTIONAL ALL Run Off steady RPE [S]

Run straight off bike
20 minute steady run RPE = 3-7 depending upon race distance
Post activity stretches and warm down

Sample Day 6

40K Intensity Pacer 1-4 FTP [T]

By now you should know your FTP Power

If using POWER and you use FTP

Search for the IF factor on your Garmin settings Please aim for an IF factor between 92% and 98% [the actual formula is normalised power/FTP in watts] you still have to run off it, if you are less conditioned maybe try 85% to 92%

Ideally you're also looking for on a flattish course a VI score of less than 1.05 [on trainingpeaks, top right statistics in the post session analysis] meaning your output has been steady or within 5% for the whole time you were out

Pick a route that you know and can do. Look afterwards, could you have gone at a more intensive level? To see your aerobic decoupling rate, see the Pw:Hr for cycling and Pa:Hr for running metrics located on the expanded view at the right. The lower the decoupling rate, the better your aerobic endurance

Adjust or keep the same over the next 3 rides and see what effect different intensities have on an optional run afterwards to assess impact of different bike intensities

Sample Day 8


Turbo/Rollers/Static Bike: Pyramid Intervals Session

Ride: Cadence 95rpm+ during the efforts and drop below 95rpm for the rests 

Zones: Threshold zone for TT efforts and active recovery for rests

1 minutes Threshold Effort 
1 minutes Active Recovery
2 minutes Threshold Effort 
2 minutes Active Recovery 
3 minutes Threshold Effort 
3 minutes Active Recovery 
4 minutes Threshold Effort 
4 minutes Active Recovery 
5 minutes Threshold Effort 
4 minutes Active Recovery 
4 minutes Threshold Effort 
3 minutes Active Recovery 
3 minutes Threshold Effort 
2 minutes Active Recovery 
2 minutes Threshold Effort 
1 minutes Active Recovery 
1 minutes Threshold Effort 

Cool down routine

Session 2 and every following Week - add 30 seconds to everything except the max effort

Sample Day 11

OPTIONAL MOD Run Off Intervals RPE [S]

Run straight off bike

3 x 5 min zone 2 intervals EASY with 3 min jogging rest interval

6 min slowing run to end

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