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You can start this plan any Monday or simply set it to end on race day. This version is for people who's target race is a Saturday. There are normally seven workouts per week, consisting of 2 swims, 2 cycles, 2 runs and a strength workout. There's a rest day each week and an easier period every fourth week, to help your body recover. Minimal requirements are that you can swim 800 metres with rests, ride for 36 minutes and run 22 minutes, not on the same day.
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These swims will start with short efforts and rest periods. The distances will progress over time. There are swim drills to follow (see paper click icon). Don't worry about the training zones too much this week, just focus on doing the distances if you can.
3x100 as (50DRILL*/50PULL) in Zone 2 +30secs rests
3x100 as (75FC in Zone 3/25BREAST in Zone 2) +30secs rests
200 as (50KICK/50FC) all in Zone 2
A nice easy run in Zone 2. This shouldn't feel too hard - you should be able to maintain a conversation. Feel free to adopt a run/walk strategy to keep your intensity in Zone 2.
Don't worry if these swim workouts take you more or less time than we've suggested in the "duration" - it really doesn't matter. Do them in your own time.
100 as (50FC/50BREAST) in Zone 2 +30secs rest.
4x25 half-length sprints as (12.5FC hard/12.5FC easy) +15secs rests.
4x100 alternating (50DRILL* in Zone 2/50FC in Zone 4) +30secs rests
200 alternating (25BACK/25FC) in Zone 2
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These bike sessions are relatively short and sharp, so they're ideal for a mid-week indoor trainer workout. Don't worry too much about your exact intensity during the Main Set, at this stage. Just make sure the efforts feel fairly hard.
10mins in Zone 2.
3x4mins in Zone 4 +2mins recoveries in Zone 2.
5mins in Zone 2.
This is an aerobic endurance workout, so it's not supposed to feel hard. The session is broken up, just to make it a little more interesting. Don't stress about being exact with the training zones at this stage. However, you should be able to maintain a conversation throughout if you had to.
5mins in Zone 2.
10, 8, 6 mins all at the top end of your Zone 2, with 60secs rests in low Zone 2.
5mins in low Zone 2
This workout is designed to increase your threshold run speed (which is very close to sprint triathlon race pace). We'll progress these workouts each week.
6mins in Zone 2.
2x4mins in Zone 4 +60secs rest (walk/jog).
5mins in Zone 2