Triathlon: Base Period (Winter, Off-Season) Training, Phase 1: 5.5 to 12 hrs/wk

Average Weekly Training Hours 08:06
Training Load By Week
Average Weekly Training Hours 08:06
Training Load By Week

This 10-week plan is base training for experienced triathletes. This plan is based on the base training within the year-long Olympic distance training plan in the book, “Training Plans for Multisport Athletes” but is designed for the athlete needing less training volume. The first training block is four weeks long, followed by two, three-week blocks.

Before beginning the plan, you are training approximately five hours per week. This training includes two or three days of each swimming, cycling and running. Before beginning the plan, you are capable of running 45 to 60 minutes and riding 1:00. The first week of training shown on the Plan Preview seems manageable to you. Training begins at 7:30 hours per week and progresses to about 12:30. Your longest run progresses to 1:15 and includes the beginning of lactate threshold training. Your long bike ride progresses to 2:30. Testing days are included as benchmarks of progress.

The training plan, “Triathlon Base Training, Phase 2: 5.5 to 13.0 hours per week” is designed to follow this plan.

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Sample Day 1
1:15:00
AA

Warm up aerobically, running or cycling for 10-20 minutes, then complete 2-3 sets x 15-20 repetitions (reps) of the designated exercises using a light to moderate weight.

Sample Day 2
1:00:00
Formwork

The main set will be mostly aerobic work; however a good deal of form work is included at the beginning or the end of the workout. For this workout, speed is less important than good form. Some coaches refer to this as drill work. Neuromuscular training is important during the drill segment. (Can select a Workouts in a Binder card E(Form). )

Sample Day 3
0:30:00
Accels/Pick-ups

Within a run that is mostly Zone 1 to 2 intensity, insert several 20- to 30-second accelerations when the mood strikes you. Finish the acceleration faster than you began. Quick cadence and proud posture are important. Feel light and fast. Jog easy for two or more minutes between accelerations.

Sample Day 3
1:00:00
AA

Warm up aerobically, running or cycling for 10-20 minutes, then complete 2-3 sets x 15-20 repetitions (reps) of the designated exercises using a light to moderate weight.

Sample Day 4
1:00:00
Endurance Swim (Z1-2)

Swim with masters or on your own, control the intensity, so RPE is in Zones 1-2. (Can select a Workouts in a Binder card (E). )

Sample Day 4
0:30:00
Cadence - Zones 1-2

With heart rate in Zones 1 to 2, the entire ride is at 90 rpm or greater. If cadence is not at least 90, coast and recover until legs are recovered. This is best done on a flat course.

Sample Day 6
1:00:00

This level is used for aerobic maintenance and endurance training. Heart rate should stay primarily in the 1 to 2 zones. How much time is spent in each zone depends on how you feel that day. The goal of an E2 run is not to see how much time you can spend in Zone 2. Run a rolling course if possible, with grades up to 4 percent. For reference, most highway off-ramps are 4-percent grade. Changing the grade on a treadmill, for those living in vertically deficient cities, can simulate hills. If you run with a group, inner discipline is necessary to let the group go if they turn a training run into a race.

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