This is an 8-Week Sofa to Sprint plan is for the beginning triathlete. It assumes you have a base level of aerobic training and are looking to try out your first sprint distance race. Since most people need to focus on their swimming, this plan is heavily focused on swimming and getting in some open water training.
This plan includes specific swim, run and bike workouts as well as strength workouts. You'll average about 5 - 7 hours of training each week. You don't need a gym membership for the strength workout as the exercises don't require any specific equipment beyond basic weights.
Warm Up: Lunge with a Twist, Knees to Butt, Punter Kicks, Bear Crawls Spend 20 minutes between this and also doing some easy jogging, add some pick ups in.
Once you're nice and warm you're going to run one-mile as fast as you can. This will give you a base line for all of your run work.
Ideally this ride should be done on a trainer as it allows for more consistency, but you can do it outside as well.
Depending on your swimming ability/endurance it might be difficult to swim to this distance. Instead focus on getting through as much of the workout as possible in one hour. All workouts are free style stroke unless otherwise noted.
Swim workouts always have four elements: Warm Up, Drills, Main Set & Cool Down
Drills - you will do the drill and then swim freestyle for 50 yards trying to incorporate the technique you just practiced. You can google all swim drills to see how they are done.
This will likely be the first time that you've ridden your bike for an hour and then attempted to run.
RPM - this is the cadence with which you pedal - ideal is 90+ as it reduces the wear to your quads, and will save your legs for the run. If you don't have a cadence sensor you can time and count your right pedal strokes. 15 seconds @ 22 is approximately 90 strokes per minute. If you've never ridden with cadence this will take some adjustment.
If you're going to do the ride on a trainer, set up your running items close by so you can change and start the run fairly quickly. If you're riding outside, keep it to a loop that will allow you to transition quickly from the bike to the run.
It's assumed that you need to focus primarily on your swimming, so you're going to be swimming twice a week. Again just focus on swimming continuously for the entire hour - don't take 5 minute breaks at the wall.