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Joe Friel

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12 Weeks

Plan Description

Train smart with a sprint-distance triathlon plan by Joe Friel, best-selling author and internationally recognized endurance coach.

  • Prepare for your first sprint-distance triathlon: swim = 400m, bike = 13 miles, run = 5k (your race distances may vary slightly).

  • Plan is intended for an experienced runner who has little or no background in swimming or biking.

  • Plan is for 12 weeks, culminating with your race.

  • Receive two follow-up emails from Joe with more information on the plan (must provide email address at time of purchase).

  • If plan is not working for you within the first 2 weeks, you can switch to a plan of equal value or receive a full refund.

“Joe Friel’s wealth of knowledge in triathlon is astounding.” —Siri Lindley, triathlon world champion

“Joe Friel is one of the world’s foremost experts on endurance sports.” Outside magazine

This sprint-distance plan was designed by Joe Friel using the principles from Your First Triathlon. Having this book handy will help with many of the workouts presented in the training plan.

Who is this plan for?

This 12-week, easy-to-follow plan is intended for an experienced runner who is training for his or her first sprint-distance triathlon and who has little or no background in swimming or biking. The run workouts are more advanced than in the plan for the beginner with no experience.

When should you start the plan?

This plan is best started 12 weeks prior to your race. You should be running regularly before starting.

What is the training like?

Training includes one daily workout with optional workouts you can also do if you have the time.

Do you need any devices or apps?

You do not need a power meter, heart rate monitor, or any devices to use this plan. (Note that this plan does not include expected workout TSS and does not use the “Workout Builder” format.)

After your event, please provide feedback on how this plan worked for you. Thanks again for your interest in my training plans, and I hope your training and racing go very well this season.

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Training Plan Sample Week


Average Weekly Breakdown

Workouts Weekly Average Longest Workout
Swim x3
00:42:00 00:15:00
Run x3
01:47:00 01:10:00
Bike x3
01:25:00 01:00:00
Day Off x1
—— ——
Strength x1
00:42:00 00:30:00
Workouts Per Week Weekly Average Longest Workout
00:42:00 00:15:00
01:47:00 01:10:00
01:25:00 01:00:00
Day Off
—— ——
00:42:00 00:30:00

Training Load By Week

Joe Friel

Joe Friel Coaching

An endurance coach since 1980, Joe Friel has worked with triathletes, cyclists, and runners around the globe. He trains coaches and assists various national federations and national Olympic team staff. He also consults with professional athletes and sports-related businesses. Coach Friel occasionally offers personal camps and seminars for clubs and teams. He has authored 17 books on training including the best-selling Training Bible series. For more info, go to his blog at

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  • Plan for your event in the TrainingPeaks calendar.
  • Track your weight, sleep, hours, fatigue and stress while you train.
  • Syncs daily with other popular apps like Garmin and MyFitnessPal.

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