Sprint Triathlon 12 week plan (5-8hr weeks) By Coach Brad Haag

Average Weekly Training Hours 05:57
Training Load By Week
Average Weekly Training Hours 05:57
Training Load By Week

This plan is designed for a beginner to intermediate triathlete looking to do a Sprint Triathlon. The plan has between 5-8 hours of total training a week, focusing on quality not quantity in workouts.

Sample Day 1
0:30:00
Full Body Range of Motion & Recovery, Beginner Level

This routine is designed to improve mobility, and enhance blood flow and recovery. It is a perfect workout to incorporate on a recovery day, and can be used year round. It can also be used when a longer warm-up is desired for any of the weight training workouts. Do this entire routine as a circuit, moving from station to station with minimum rest. The order of the movements is not crucial; you may change the order, if necessary. This workout is best performed with 5–10 minutes of light cardio beforehand. Static Stretches: For static stretches, hold each position for 6–20 seconds, as time permits. Foam Rolling: For foam rolling, one foam roller motion up and back down a body region is the equivalent of a single rep.

Sample Day 2
0:30:00
Bike Lactate Test

Your training "heart rate zones" will be based off your lactate threshold. If you don't do an actual "blood lactate" laboratory test, one way to estimate your lactate threshold is to perform a 30-minute time trial at a high, sustained pace. The goal of this test is to exercise for 30 minutes at the highest effort that can be sustained and monitor your heart rate throughout the test. Your average heart rate during the final 20 minutes should correspond to your LT. ----------------- If 30 minutes is daunting, this test can be modified by simply performing three 5 minute hard, sustainable efforts with 5 minutes rest between each effort. ----------------- Sometimes people exercise too hard for this test. Follow this simple rule - your pace should be the same at the end as at the beginning. If the legs begin to go rubbery, the leg turnover begins to slow, the lungs begin to burn, and you begin to gasp for breath, then you are going to hard! This should be about an 8 on a 1-10 scale, if 10 is the hardest and 1 is the easiest. ----------------- 30-Minute Time Trial for Estimating LT ----------------- You will need a heart rate monitor ----------------- Warm up for 10-15 minutes ----------------- Begin exercise on an indoor trainer, treadmill, or flat outdoor course, and work up to the your maximum *sustainable* intensity within the first 10 minutes ----------------- Record your heart rate each minute for the last 20 minutes ----------------- Calculate your average heart rate over the last 20 minutes ----------------- This average heart rate figure is your estimated heart rate at your lactate threshold ----------------- Now that you have your number, log-in to your TrainingPeaks account, then go to "Preferences", then click on "Heart Rate Zones". Input your lactate threshold heart rate, then calculate zones (calculation methods will vary minimally). Now you have custom training zones! Your bike zones will probably be lower than your run zones, which is why you''ll be testing for each sport.

Sample Day 3
0:30:00
1000 TT

WU: Start slow and gradually build pace/effort. 100 swim, 100 kick, 100 swim, 100 kick. MS: This set will establish your “T-time.” After the warm-up, swim 1000 yards/meters at a constant pace and good effort—as if racing. Record the time in your log. Record your average pace per 100. This pace will be called your “T-pace.” CD: At and easy pace/effort swim 500. Total—1900

Sample Day 4
0:45:00
Recovery

Spin out the legs from the run test. Have fun, this can be a commuting ride or trainer ride.

Sample Day 4
0:30:00
Swim- Balance

200m warm-up. Then complete 5 rounds of the following: 50m stomach swim, 50m corkscrew, 50m L side swimming, 50m R side swimming. After completing prescribed # of rounds, progress to 300m tempo swim at about 85% intensity. 200m cooldown.

Sample Day 5
0:30:00
Run Lactate Test

Your training "heart rate zones" will be based off your lactate threshold. If you don''t do an actual "blood lactate" laboratory test, one way to estimate your lactate threshold is to perform a 30-minute time trial at a high, sustained pace. The goal of this test is to exercise for 30 minutes at the highest effort that can be sustained and monitor your heart rate throughout the test. Your average heart rate during the final 20 minutes should correspond to your LT. ----------------- If 30 minutes is daunting, this test can be modified by simply performing three 5 minute hard, sustainable efforts with 5 minutes rest between each effort. ----------------- Sometimes people exercise too hard for this test. Follow this simple rule - your pace should be the same at the end as at the beginning. If the legs begin to go rubbery, the leg turnover begins to slow, the lungs begin to burn, and you begin to gasp for breath, then you are going to hard! This should be about an 8 on a 1-10 scale, if 10 is the hardest and 1 is the easiest. ----------------- 30-Minute Time Trial for Estimating LT ----------------- You will need a heart rate monitor ----------------- Warm up for 10-15 minutes ----------------- Begin exercise on an indoor trainer, treadmill, or flat outdoor course, and work up to the your maximum *sustainable* intensity within the first 10 minutes ----------------- Record your heart rate each minute for the last 20 minutes ----------------- Calculate your average heart rate over the last 20 minutes ----------------- This average heart rate figure is your estimated heart rate at your lactate threshold ----------------- Now that you have your number, log-in to your TrainingPeaks account, then go to "Preferences", then click on "Heart Rate Zones". Input your lactate threshold heart rate, then calculate zones (calculation methods will vary minimally). Now you have custom training zones! Your bike zones will probably be lower than your run zones, which is why you''ll be testing for each sport.

Sample Day 6
0:30:00
Trainer--spin-ups + dominant leg

Warm-up 5 minutes, then pedaling drills: Do the following 3 times--10 seconds of high rpm, 10 seconds higher, 10 seconds max rpm and then recover for 60 seconds. Then do this 3 times--30 seconds left- and 30 seconds right-leg dominant pedaling (other leg loafs). Repeat all of this 4-5 times. Small chain ring.

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