Beginner Olympic 18 wk plan, Coach email access, 4-8 hrs per week, reusable, HR based

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Beginner Olympic 18 wk plan, Coach email access, 4-8 hrs per week, reusable, HR based

Author

Steven Moody Triathlon Ireland Coach of the year, Training Peak and Ironman U certified

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Length

18 Weeks

Typical Week

2 Run, 1 Other, 2 Swim, 3 Bike, 1 Day Off

Longest Workout

1:00 hrs swim
2:45 hrs bike
1:30 hrs run

Plan Specs

triathlon olympic beginner hr based

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Summary

Beginner Olympic 18 week plan


After my first year in triathlon and successfully completing a couple of sprint races - I had caught the bug. So took the plunge and signed up for my first Olympic. Realising I was a little out of my depth - I reached out to Coach Steve via his site and asked for advice/help. A couple of emails later I had a simple plan that worked for me. Long story short - nailed the race 3 months later!

John Sherry 12th Dec 2019


Click here to read my growing list of testimonials from satisfied clients


Plan outline
This 18 week plan will help any beginner triathlete make the step up from sprint distance racing to Olympic/international distance.


Each swim/cycle/run session is clearly laid out in terms of what the athlete needs to do and when best to do the sessions and is based primarily on HR zones that the athlete should train in.


Base/endurance building = 11 weeks
Build/race specific phase = 6 weeks
Taper = 1 week
3 week progression:1 week recovery cycle


Typical week
2 swim, 3 bike, 2 run sessions and a full rest day per typical week
Training load = 4-8 hours per week


What do you get in this plan?
• Unlimited email access to the author
• Free strength and conditioning guide for triathletes
• Free “How To Use Your Training Plan” and “Swim drills” guides
• Training zones using feel, heart rate or pace
• Includes race specific sessions such as bricks and open water swimming sets
• Session details up-loadable to garmin connect, trainer road and/or Zwift (power based plans only) from compatible device
• Ability to re-use your plan as many times as you require


Kick off Emails: During checkout, you can check a box to share your email address with Coach Steve. By selecting this – I will be able to send you an introduction/kick off email with key hints/tips & your free strength and conditioning guide. It also gives you access to the best email to ask any questions you have on your training journey!


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Customer promise
I want you to be set for success with a plan that is right for you. So, if after the first few weeks of training, you feel over/under challenged by the training load - I will switch you free of charge to an equivalent plan from the Beginner/Intermediate or Advanced plans from my catalog.



Stats

Training Load By Week
Average Weekly Breakdown
Average Weekly Training Hours: 06:43
Training Load By Week
Average Weekly Training Hours: 06:43
Average Weekly Breakdown

Steven Moody 2017 Triathlon Ireland Coach of the year

SMart endurance solutions

*Triathlon Ireland coach of the year award winner 2017 based on athlete/peer voting*

Coach Steve has over 20 years experience in endurance sports racing, including numerous IRONMAN and 70.3 finishes (including 2xworld champ qualification)

As a full time coach (ITU & TP level 2, Ironman U and Tri Sutto certified), Steven specializes in helping time crunched Age Group triathletes & runners realize their goals.

See http://www.smartendurancesolutions.com/testimonials/ for sample client feedback

Sample Day 1

0:30:00
3.11mi
40TSS
5km Aerobic easy run with strides to encourage good form

Aerobic Zone 2 paced run focus on good running form (engage core, slight lean forward from hips to ensure mainly landing on ball of foot when making contact with ground) with a Stride every 5mins

Stride: 30s of fast running focusing on good form: quick cadence, landing quietly, tall

This is a zone 2 run which until HR zones are mapped from week 1 should be based on perceived exertion/effort of being conversational in nature i.e. you should be able to talk throughout!

Sample Day 2

0:45:00
1500m
Critical swim assessment CSS TEST SET

CSS TEST WORKOUT


Warm Up 400 easy freestyle
- 200 fins as 50 choice drill, 50 freestyle
– 4 x 50 freestyle (25 fast + 25 easy) +10 seconds rest

then 4 x 100 freestyle (20 seconds rests)

Do these 100’s at what you perceive to be the AVERAGE pace that you can sustain for a 400 Time Trial.

Main Set 400 time trial


Take 5 to 8 minutes easy swimming/stretching and 100m easy swim.

Feel fully recovered, then:

200 time trial


Warm Down 100 easy choice of stroke

To calculate your CSS which will be used in other sessions - take the result of the 400 tt and subtract the 200 tt - then divide the result by 2 to get your pace

e.g.
400m TT of 7:44 = 464 secs
200m TT of 3:27 = 207 secs

464 - 207 = 257/2 = 128 secs or 2 mins 8 secs CSS

Sample Day 3

1:00:00
17.4mi
53.3TSS
Turbo - endurance focus..

Endurance set - we will use these in the beginning to build the "foundation of the house" aka underlying stamina ... these sessions should always be kept in z1-z2 range

Try to keep cadence in region of 80-90 rpm

Even at easy efforts - these sessions tend to be sweaty affairs make sure you have a towel and fluids close to hand

Session details
10 min z1
40 min z2
10 min z1

Sample Day 4

0:50:00
1700m
73.88TSS
Swim session - tech/drills + endurance focus [requires Pull Buoy and Paddle]

Assumes 50 m pool - please adjust lengths accordingly to ensure distance covered

Option to download/print off session detail to bring to pool from paper clip in top right corner


Warm up [200m, 200m Total]
200 warm up - 100 free style, 100 back stroke,

Drills [6 lengths i.e. 300m, 500m Total]
(check youtube doc for links to demos if unsure of drill specifics]
1 - 2 - single arm (Left)
3 - 4 - single arm (Right)
5 - 6 - fist

Main [1000m, 1500m Total]
5 * 200 m
1st 200m without paddles and PB
2nd 200m with paddles and PB
3rd 200m without paddles and PB
4th 200m with paddles and PB
5th 200m without paddles and PB

Take 30 secs rest between each 200 and work to try and maintain the same feel between 2 different versions - ideally you should be always in the range of 5 - 10 secs for each 200 (paddles and PB elements will be faster)

Cool down [200m, 1700m total]
200 m back stroke easy

Total session distance = 1700

Sample Day 6

0:55:00
18.64mi
FTP bike test (Turbo)

BT: 3:00 Warm-up at effort of 2/10
3:00 3/10 Warm-up
3:00 4/10 Getting warmer!
3:00 5/10 Warmer still!
3:00 6/10 Tempo
3:00 7/10 Strong effort
3:00 2/10 Recovery
4 x 1:00 Fast pedal with 1:00 recovery (fast pedal is >100 rpm)
3:00 Recovery at 2/10
20:00 Pain, agony, misery and FTP [HARD EFFORT - DO NOT STOP - THIS IS CONTINUOUS]
3:00 Cool-down

Once you have the HR data uploaded to this session - open via the analyse icon in the top right hand corner and follow the following steps outlined in the below link
http://home.trainingpeaks.com/blog/article/joe-friel-s-quick-guide-to-setting-zones

Sample Day 7

0:42:00
4.35mi
45TSS
7km Aerobic easy run with strides to encourage good form

Aerobic Zone 2 paced run focus on good running form (engage core, slight lean forward from hips to ensure mainly landing on ball of foot when making contact with ground) with a Stride every 5mins

Sample Day 8

0:36:00
3.73mi
40TSS
6km Aerobic easy run with strides to encourage good form

Aerobic Zone 2 paced run focus on good running form (engage core, slight lean forward from hips to ensure mainly landing on ball of foot when making contact with ground) with a Stride every 5mins

Stride: 30s of fast running focusing on good form: quick cadence, landing quietly, tall

This is a zone 2 run which until HR zones are mapped from week 1 should be based on perceived exertion/effort of being conversational in nature i.e. you should be able to talk throughout!

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