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Sprint Triathlon Training Plan - Level 8


Matt Fitzgerald

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12 Weeks

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Plan Description

The Level 8-10 Sprint Triathlon Training Plans are best thought of as crash training plans for triathletes with a sound base of swim, bike, and run fitness who, for whatever reason, decide they want to peak for a sprint triathlon soon – in 12 weeks. The Level 8 plan is a good fit for those who are prepared to handle 12 workouts per week but are not accustomed to such frequency of training.

The plan begins with a short, 3-week base phase. The following build phase is 4 weeks long and the final 5 weeks comprise the peak phase. There are 12 workouts in a typical week – 4 swims, 4 rides, and 4 runs. Weeks 2, 4, and 6 include an extra, 10-minute transition run after Friday’s ride; in weeks 8 and 10, the separate ride and run scheduled for Saturday are collapsed into a single bike-run brick workout. Monday is a rest day every week and weeks 4 and 8 are recovery weeks. The final week is a taper week.

The Level 8 plan begins with 8,200 yards of swimming, 4 hours and 15 minutes of cycling, and 2 hours and 48 minutes of running in Week 1. It peaks with 11,050 yards of swimming, 6 hours and 45 minutes of cycling, and 3 hours and 40 minutes of running in Week 11.

Training Plan Sample Week


Average Weekly Breakdown

Workouts Weekly Average Longest Workout
Run x5
2:49 hrs 1:10 hrs
Swim x4
3:00 hrs 1:02 hrs
Bike x4
4:55 hrs 2:15 hrs
Custom x1
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Workouts Per Week Weekly Average Longest Workout
2:49 hrs 1:10 hrs
3:00 hrs 1:02 hrs
4:55 hrs 2:15 hrs
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Training Load By Week

This plan works best with the following fitness devices:

  • GPS

All supported devices

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