Olympic/Sprint Off Season Improver Plan for

Average Weekly Breakdown
Training Load By Week
Average Weekly Breakdown
Training Load By Week
Average Weekly Training Hours: 07:02

This plan is designed for triathletes in their second or third season who have completed a season of sprint or Olympic races and are now looking to improve their PB. It uses the reverse periodization model to help develop economy early in the off season via short high intensity efforts. As you move into the preparation phase an athlete may wish to perform some longer sessions at near threshold to build on the improvements made in this plan.
The plan has short focus blocks on the run and bike at different periods of the off season. Weeks 1 is a testing week so that the intensity for each session can be calculated.
Bike session use power and run sets use % of threshold pace to indicate the required intensity.
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Sample Day 1
CSS test

The CSS test involves two timetrial swims - a 400m and a 200m.

Do the 400m timetrial first, it's less likely to effect the 200m than the other way around. Recover completely between each timetrial with some easy swimming. Perform both timetrials from a push off from the wall, not a dive.
Try and pace the trials as evenly as possible, don't start too fast and slow down.
This test will give us the pace at which we will conduct the hard training sets in this phase.

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Sample Day 2
vV02 max test

This test is designed to establish your vV02 pace (see Racesnake.co.uk for more info.). Make sure that you can record the distance you cover accurately (to within 3m).
A running track is the best location for this test, but a flat firm circuit will suffice.
Your vV02 pace is the average pace you sustain for the 6 minutes and you will conduct most of your hard intervals at this pace.

Sample Day 5
FTP test

This test protocol is to establish your FTP. Make sure your power meter records all the data from the 20 min effort. To establish your FTP take the average power for the 20 min and minus 5%.

Sample Day 7

2 ride @ zone2 or 6/10 rpe

Sample Day 8
15x100m css

The aim in this session is build aerobic capacity and swim endurance. The high pace but long rest should allow plenty of time to spent at threshold.

Sample Day 8
vV02 test

This is a short test that helps establish a good training pace for the hard interval efforts that may used later in the program. The average power for the 5 min TT can be seen as your vV02 pace, a great pace at which to develop all aspects of cycling performance. This is a very intense effort but an easy z2 ride acn be completed aferward.

Sample Day 9
vV02 session 60/60 new

vV02 session best completed on a running track. However a road loop (housing estate etc) that allows fast running will be fine. Much of the time at V02 max occurs during the recovery so make sure you keep to a consistent pace in the recovery throughout the effort.
Initially running at you 1 mile P.B pace will feel comfortable, but by about half way it will really hurt, so keep pushing.

Mike Bridge

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