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BEGINNER or FIRST TRIATHLON: Sprint distance in 8 weeks

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BEGINNER or FIRST TRIATHLON: Sprint distance in 8 weeks


Mikael Eriksson

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8 Weeks

Plan Description

Unique benefits of this plan (that few, if any, other plans have):
-Sessions ccategorised as A, B, and C sessions to help you decide which workout to skip if life gets in the way
-In addition to tips for the actual workouts, the plan contains tips on what your focus points should be on a weekly level, what the purpose of each week is, and tips on planning your race, how to stay healthy and injury-free, and more.
-Plenty of links and additional resources. Not sure how to sight in open water swimming? No problem, this plan links to the best instructional video on the topic, and the same goes for other topics like foam-rolling, etc.

This plan will help complete beginners or triathletes with a couple of races behind them prepare for a sprint distance race in 8-weeks.

For the first-timer, the plan will make sure you complete the race with no issues, and can enjoy it. For the triathlete who has already completed a triathlon or two before, the structured progression of the plan will help you go faster.

The plan is simple and easy-to-follow. It is based on RPE (Rating of Perceied Exertion). You don't need any prior knowledge about endurance sports to be able to follow it.

There is on average 4 hours of training per week, over 6 workouts. The lightest week is 3 hours, and the hardest has 5:15 of training.

This plan is also available as versions where heart rate and/or pace zones are used to determine intensity. See

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Training Plan Sample Week


Average Weekly Breakdown

Workouts Weekly Average Longest Workout
Swim x2
01:15:00 01:00:00
Bike x2
01:17:00 01:10:00
Run x2
00:56:00 00:45:00
Day Off x1
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Workouts Per Week Weekly Average Longest Workout
01:15:00 01:00:00
01:17:00 01:10:00
00:56:00 00:45:00
Day Off
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Training Load By Week

Mikael Eriksson - Founder of Scientific Triathlon, Podcaster at That Triathlon Show

Scientific Triathlon

With all the athletes I coach, I have three goals:

-Improve the athlete's performance
-Increase the motivation and enjoyment the athlete gets from the sport
-Provide 100% personalized feedback, mentoring and support. Essentially, teach my athletes to be able to self-coach, should they so desire.

I have coached complete beginners to finish their first sprint and Olympic triathlons, and helped intermediate/advanced athletes qualify for World Championships and reach age group wins and podiums.

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