Triathletes, customize your training with four step-by-step training plan modules:
1 – Establish Your Base
2 – Develop Your Base
3 – Build Upon Your Base
4 – Peak for Your Race
This 4-week training plan (“4 – Peak for Your Race”) is the final training block in a 4-module series. Together, the four modules provide you with the key training blocks and workouts to progress through your season from base training to racing.
Use this 4-week training block after you’ve completed the first three training plan modules. This plan provides you with a 3-week taper to your target race, followed by a post-race recovery week.
Where you go from here depends on where you are in your season.
If you have two or more closely spaced A-level races, maintain your peak fitness by repeating the second or third weeks of this plan.
If you’re in the middle of the season and your next A-level race occurs later in the year; return to one of the first two base building modules after one or two recovery weeks. Then build from there to your target race or races at the end of the season.
If you’re at the end of your season; take a week off plus several unstructured easy weeks to refresh physically and mentally before beginning the new season by returning to the first base training module.
Suggested distances/durations for each workout are provided along with guidelines for modifying key interval workouts; allowing you to adjust up or down according to your personal starting point, rate of progression, and the race distance you are training for.
Together, all four modules in the series provide you with the basic training blocks you need to implement the approach detailed in The Triathlete's Training Guide by coach Adam Hodges.
To get the most out of this plan, use it along with the information in the book and the resources found on the Alp Fitness website (alpfitness.com). Train smart!
This is an easy swim—it is designed to aid recovery, add to your training volume and loosen you up for the key workouts of the week.
Incorporate some drills into your swim; stay focused on form. See the swimming drills at https://www.alpfitness.com/tag/swimming-drills/.
Training effects are gained between key workouts when your body recovers and rebuilds. The purpose of this workout is to facilitate that rebuilding process by helping your body recover from prior training. If you need to shorten this workout or take the day off completely, do so. Listen to your body.
Warm up: 500 easy
20 x 25 alternating between a fast "feel good speed" 25 (i.e. go as fast as you can without breaking form) and an easy 25 any stroke. You can go as slow as you need on the easy 25s, but aim to keep moving throughout the set.
*If you are in a 50-meter pool, note the halfway point for your 25s.
For the rest of your workout, do some easy swimming and drills that target areas you need to improve. See the swimming drills at https://www.alpfitness.com/tag/swimming-drills/.
Warm down: 100 easy
This bike workout is designed to build your aerobic system and add to your training base. Bike primarily in Zone 2 for the bulk of the ride. Focus on keeping cadence at 90 or above.
This is an easy run with a focus on striders and drills.
After you're warmed up, do 4-6 x short acceleration striders. Start off easy and gradually pick up your pace until you're at full speed. Hold it for up to 10 seconds. Then wind it back down.
Then, spend 5-10 minutes on the following drills before finishing the remainder of the run in Zones 1-2.
- Loosening Skips
- Side Skips
- Carioca, or Grapevine with High Knee
- A Skip
- B Skip
- Straight Leg Run
- Butt Kicks
- High Knees
(see drill descriptions under "Exercise or Interval" tab)
This workout will help to improve your aerobic capacity.
Once you are thoroughly warmed up (15-25 minutes), do 2-4 x 3 min work interval in Zone 5b followed by 2 min recovery interval.
When finished with the intervals, do the remainder of the run at an easy pace (Zones 1-2) ensuring that you complete an adequate warm down (at least 10 minutes).
As always, focus on keeping a high cadence, including during the recovery intervals (think short but quick steps to keep your cadence steady during recovery periods).
This is a mostly easy ride—it is designed to aid recovery, add to your training volume and loosen you up for the key workouts of the week.
Bike primarily in Zones 1-2. Keep cadence high (i.e. 90 RPM or above). Don’t worry about pace; goal is to loosen legs and feel fresh at end.
After you're warmed up, do 4-6 jumps. These are 10-second maximum effort sprints with a high cadence (not high gear). Ease into the sprint, hold it for up to 10 seconds, then wind it back down. Alternate in and out of saddle. Don’t worry about HR during these.
Do 2-3 minutes of easy biking between jumps.
Perform one set of each exercise, moving from one to the next in a circuit. As you advance, repeat the circuit. Add weight/resistance or reps as needed to perform each exercise to fatigue. Always perform exercises with perfect form.
For descriptions and demos of these exercises, see:
1. Behind neck cord pull apart -- 8-12 reps
2. External rotation -- 8-12 reps
3. Hitchhiker -- 8-12 reps
4. Stretch cord row -- 8-12 reps
5. Water bottle raise -- 8-12 reps
6. Pushup "plus" rounded finish -- 8-12 reps
7. Ball on wall -- 1-2 min per shoulder
8. Chest stretch -- 30 seconds per side
For exercises that have variations, choose one of the variations. For exercises that have progressions (e.g. pushup "plus"), begin with the initial progression and advance when you are ready.
This is about making your muscles "smarter" (as well as stronger).
What are "smarter" muscles?