Training Plan for AQUABIKE: Olympic Distance (18 Weeks, Saturday Race, Reusable)

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Training Load By Week
Average Weekly Training Hours 08:12
Training Load By Week

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The primary goal of this 18-week training plan is to prepare you to EXCEL in YOUR International-distance AQUABIKE (1,500m Swim / 40km Bike) race.

Crafted by USA Triathlon-certified coach and former pro triathlete David Glover, MSE, MS, CSCS, this plan encapsulates his passion for the sport, his experience from completing 100+ triathlons and his success in coaching hundreds of triathletes.

Starting 18 weeks before your goal race, this plan progresses through two base periods and two build periods (10 hrs max per week) prior to peaking and tapering the last two weeks. Following the first base period, each week typically contains 3x swims and 4x bikes plus 3 optional strength workouts. You will build up to: 3,000 yards (or meters) swimming and 2 hrs biking. Your long ride is Saturday and off day is Monday. Although not necessary, we recommend using a heart rate monitor in conjunction with perceived effort; you may also use a power meter for cycling, too.

Prior to using this plan, you should be able to complete the following workouts:
• Swim: 300 meters or yards continuously
• Bike: 60 minutes

Purchase of this plan includes our comprehensive 40+ page Triathlon Training Guide, which explains how to use your training plan plus email access to David Glover at any time for questions that you may have about this plan.

For more information about this plan, please DOWNLOAD the Description Document.

Questions? Please visit us on the web at enduranceworks.net or email David directly at: david@enduranceworks.net.

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Please note:

  • This training plan starts any Monday or can be set to end on race day. You can also reuse this training plan for future races.
  • This plan version assumes your target race is on a Saturday. If your race is on Sunday, please select our "Sunday Race" plan.

Sample Day 2
1:00:00
Whole Body Strength

To view Exercises and for descriptions, click on "View Exercises" tab above. You can also find video demonstrations at: http://enduranceworks.net/resources/strength-exercises/.

Warm up 5-10 min easy aerobic exercise. Perform 2x sets each exercise with 8-12 repetitions per set (hold each plank. Save time by "super setting" exercises - do one set of 2 exercises then repeat in the same order for the second set. Rest about 1 minute between sets.

Sample Day 2
0:40:00

Z2 ride.

Include:

6 x 30" (seconds) high speed spins (as fast as you can without bouncing in the saddle) with moderate resistance and 30" in between

and

3 x 45" single leg drill (each leg) under moderate tension @ cadence 60-80 rpm (alternate legs so total of 6x).

Watch videos of how to do the drills at: http://www.enduranceworks.net/resources/cycling-drills

Sample Day 3
0:45:00

W/U:
200 FR easy - practice breathing to both sides, r15s
2 x 100 Float Kick Drill, r15s - try to feel a "balanced" body
2 x 100 Side Kicking Drill, r15s

Main Set:
- 200 FR Z2 long, steady strokes w/ PADS
- 100 non-FR easy
- 4 x 200 FR start easy and build up to Z3 by end of each 200, r15s
- 6 x 50 FR (25 VERY fast Z5, 25 easy Z1), r15s

C/D: 200 easy CHOICE

Total: 2,200

Note: PADS = Hand Paddles

You can find all the swim drill videos here:
http://www.enduranceworks.net/resources/swim-drill-videos

Sample Day 4
0:30:00
Core Routine

To view Exercises and for descriptions, click on "View Exercises" tab above. You can also find video demonstrations at: http://enduranceworks.net/resources/strength-exercises/.

Warm up with 5-10 min light aerobic exercise. Perform 2 sets of each exercise with 12-20 repetitions per set. Save time by super setting the exercises together for a set then repeating same exercises again for the second set.

Sample Day 4
0:45:00

Z2 ride on a course with rolling hills (if possible). Nothing fancy. Include 4 x 1' (minutes) of standing mixed in throughout the ride.

Sample Day 5
0:50:00
Swim Test - Marker Set

Please visit http://www.enduranceworks.net/resources/field-tests to download the guide for the swim field test in order to set your swim training zones.

W/U (Warm Up):
200 FR (freestyle) easy
100 non-FR
4 x 50 FR (VERY FAST Z5, 25 easy Z1), r15s
2 x 100 FR start easy Z1 and build up to FAST Z4, r20s
100 FR easy Z1 to stretch out, r60s

MS (Main Set):
Perform field test per guide.

C/D (Cool Down): 200 easy CHOICE

Post workout: Calculate your training zones using the swim field test guide. Note your total time and pace to compare against future field tests.

Sample Day 6
1:00:00
Long Ride

WU (Warm Up): 10' (minutes) to Z2

Z2 ride on flat to rolling course.

At halfway point, alternate (still at Z2 effort):
- 4' LG (small chain ring)
- 4' BG (big chain ring in front)

David Glover, MSE, MS, CSCS
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ENDURANCEWORKS, LLC

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