Improved Performance Olympic Plan, 18 weeks

Average Weekly Training Hours 07:34
Training Load By Week
Average Weekly Training Hours 07:34
Training Load By Week

This eighteen-week olympic plan is written for triathletes with at least one to two years of experience who want to train for improved performance on race day.

The plan prescribes 3 swims, 3 bikes, and 3 runs per week. Some of the bikes and runs are combined into "bricks" (to practice transitioning to running immediately after biking). The weekly volume ranges from 5.5 to 11 hours. Workouts prescribe both time and suggested distances. In most cases, pay more attention to getting in the prescribed time. However, for the long bikes/runs, try to get in a minimum of the prescribed distance.

Monday is the rest day as this plan is written and there is a rest week every third or fourth week.

The workout intensities are prescribed using both RPE (perceived rate of exertion) and heart rate training zones. For more information about training using RPE and heart rate zones, please download the "Plan Details."

This is a periodized plan which progresses from a base building block (which builds volume and adds force skills, speed skills, and some zone 3 work), to a muscular endurance block (Threshold work), to an anaerobic endurance block (VO2 max work, Lactate tolerance reps), and finally to a race-specific block (very race-specific workouts). The race-taper is two weeks, with a gradual reduction in volume as well as duration of intensity work. Race week has a good balance of rest and smaller doses of intensity to keep you feeling fast and sharp.

This is a Monday to Sunday plan, so the plan should be applied to your Training Peaks account with a Monday start date.

Sample Day 2
0:40:00
4mi
Speed Skills, Accelerations

15 minute jogging warm-up, including dynamic stretches and drills
Then: Run 25 minutes at a comfortable pace and include 4 x 30 sec. accelerations with 2 min. recoveries
Cool-down jog/walk 5 min. and repeat dynamic stretches.

Sample Day 2
0:40:00
1372m
Endurance Swim (speed), 100's/50's

1500 yards
Warm up: 200 swim easy, 4 x 25 kick (10 sec. RI), 4 x 25 fingertip drill
Main set of: 6x100 yards comfortable pace (15-20 sec. Rest Intervals, or RI's); 6x50 yards as 25 very hard/25 easy (15 sec. RI)
Cool down: 200 easy

Sample Day 3
0:45:00
11mi
Endurance Bike

Bike at a comfortable pace. Stay in zones 1 - 2)

Sample Day 3
0:30:00
3mi
Easy Run, plus hill sprints

Run in zones 1-2 for 15 minutes
2 x 8 second hill sprints (100% effort) up a steep, 8% grade hill. Recover completely between reps.
zones 1-2 for remainder of time

Sample Day 4
0:49:59
12mi
Speed Skills, Accelerations

Ride for 50 min. on a flat course or indoor trainer at a comfortable pace (zone 2) with quick cadence (90 rpm).
Drills: Isolated leg drills, 2 x 20 seconds on each side
Main set: 4 x 30 second accelerations within the ride (2 min. RI).

Sample Day 5
0:45:00
1646m
Endurance Swim 4x200/6x50

Warm up:200 swim easy, 4 x 25 kick
Drills: 4 x (25 drill down/25 swim back) Choose from fingertip drag, wide arm catch up, 3 pulls/6 kicks on side, sculling
Main set: 4x200 yards at a comfortable pace (zone 2) and 6x50 yards at a moderate pace (zone 3); 15-20 sec. rest intervals (RI)
Cool Down: 200 easy

Sample Day 6
1:00:00
15mi
Endurance Bike

On a rolling course, bike at a comfortable pace for one hour (zones 1 - 2).