Designed for competitive age – group triathletes with limited time available, but looking to improve their Olympic Distance race performance. This plan draws on Steve’s 25+ years experience of coaching and racing all triathlon distances
The Plan details the final 20 weeks leading up to a target OD race. Prior to commencing this plan athletes should have at least 3-4 weeks of preparation training under their belt and be comfortable riding for 2+ hours and running for 60 minutes continuously.
Training plan volume is between 7 and 12.5 hours per week, and is organised on a 3 week macrocycle - every 3rd week is a recovery week, often including self testing sessions. The weekly schedule includes 2-3 swim sessions, 2-3 bike sessions and 2-3 run sessions. Intensity is generally based on heart rate and / or perceived exertion. One or two ‘strength’ / conditioning sessions each week are also included in addition to the swim, bike and run sessions detailed.
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Warm up 5-10 minutes. Then 3-4 sets of MS. Cool down 5-10 minutes
WU: 100 swim, 100 kick, 100 swim, 100 kick.
MS: Pyramid intervals: Choose a pace for the 400 interval that is below your T-pace. Then maintain that pace for the “step-up” portion of the set. For the “step-down” portion try to make each interval faster than the previous so that the last interval is the fastest of the entire set. But never faster than T-pace. Recoveries are seconds in parentheses.
100 (15”) 200 (20”) 300 (30”) 400 (30”) 300 (30”) 200 (30”) 100.
CD: Easy stroking for 10 minutes varying strokes.
Warm-up well. Then on a mostly flat course run 35 minutes at E2a
Notes: Specific strength training is strength training on the bike...
Resistance can be provided either by a turbo or rollers with variable resistance, or, outdoors on an appropriate incline.
Cadence should be between 40 and 60 rpm. Heart rate should not rise above E2b. Power aroundCP12.
This type of training can be stressful on the knees so take care to build up gradually.
Warm up well for ~20 mins progressively
Recovery for all sets / weeks is 2minutes of spinning at a higher cadence.
10 mins + warm down, spinning in a high gear
65 mins as 35 E1 / 10 E2a / 10 E2b / 5 E3 / WD
WU: 10 minutes alternating slow-fast pacing. Play with different strokes
while warming up.
MS: 30-minute steady swim. Swim without stopping. Count your strokes on the first 25 of each 100. Are they staying constant?
CD: 5 minutes very easy. Choice of strokes or floating on your back and sculling.
Total: 45 minutes
75 mins easy off road