This plan will help a beginner or intermediate triathlete prepare for an Olympic-distance triathlon (1500m swim, 25 mile bike, 6 mile run). Training volume progresses from 6-9 total hours.
If this is your first time training for an event of this distance and you're not already training consistently with 3-4 hours a week of endurance activity, we would recommend following the sprint distance training plan for the first 4 weeks before beginning this training plan. The sprint plan will help you to establish a consistent training routine and provide volume targets that will allow the body to adjust more easily to the increased training stress.
Check out the attached notes page for additional information that will help you to understand the workouts you will find in this plan.
Warmup 15-20 minutes.
Then complete 3x10 minutes at your race pace. Rest 5 minutes between intervals.
Cooldown 5-10 minutes.
Run easy, either off the bike or later in the day.
Warmup: 400 Swim with bilateral breathing 8x25 alternate kick on side/drill Main Set: 6x50 Pull, Descend 1-3 and 4-6 (For the first 50, swim on an interval that gives you 5-10 seconds rest and use that interval the rest of the set). 6x100 Swim, Descend 1-3 and 4-6 (For the first 100, swim on an interval that gives you 10 seconds rest and use that interval the rest of the set). 6x200 Swim, Descend 1-3 and 4-6 (For the first 200, swim on an interval that gives you 10-15 seconds rest and use that interval the rest of the set). 100 Easy Swim 8x25 Pull, breathing only 3, 2 or as little as 1 time per 25. Use a rest interval that allows you to stick to the breathing pattern.
Steady run at an easy pace.
Warmup: 200 Swim, 200 Pull, 100 Kick Main Set: 6 x 75 Pull on 10 seconds rest. 50 Easy swim. 500 Swim Straight - Negative Split (2nd 1/2 faster than the 1st). 5 x 100 Swim @ Moderate Pace (~ to your first half pace of the 500 you just did). 500 Swim Straight - Faster than your first 500 but also Negative Split (2nd 1/2 faster than the 1st). 5 x 100 Swim Descend 1 to 5, starting at a slow/moderate speed on #1 and going as fast as possible on the last one. 100 Easy swim
Warmup 15-20 minutes riding easy. Complete 30 minutes continuous tempo riding.
Transition immediately from the bike to a 2 mile easy transition run.
Steady endurance ride, easy pace. RPE 3-5.