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This plan is designed to get you in peak shape for your target "A" race IRONMAN 140.6, although you can include other events too. There are 2 swims, 2 cycles, 2-3 runs and a strength workout per week. There's a day off each week and every fourth week is easier. Later in the plan there are brick workouts and open water swims. To commence this plan you should be able to swim 1200m, cycle 80 minutes and run 40 minutes (not on the same day). Guidance is provided for Heart Rate, Feel, Power or Pace. You can start this plan any Monday.
This test helps you to measure fitness and create accurate training zones.
4 x (50 FS in Z2 + 20 sec rests),
2 x (25 FS in Z4 + 25 FS in Z2 + 20 sec rests).
1 x 400 FS maximal effort time trial, record time,
5 mins easy active recovery,
1 x 200 FS maximal effort time trial, record time,
1 min rest.
100 Choice in Z2
For all swims (whether in a Yard or Meter Pool) follow the distances in the Workout Description section. There is also yard/meter button you can toggle in the Workout Details section below.
Please click on the link below for your guide to the strength and conditioning workouts.
Strength and Conditioning will help maintain your muscle mass and these specific exercises are designed to improve the economy of your triathlon performance.
This fitness test helps you to set your power or heart rate thresholds for Training Peaks.
12 mins in Z2,
5 x (15 secs in Z4 + 45 secs easy in Z2).
20 mins maximal steady state time trial. Go as hard as you can sustain for 20-minutes.
5 mins in Z2.
Note: Alternatively, if you have a bike training device with its own "FTP" test protocol, you could use that instead.
TIP: Have a fan and/or air conditioning, so that heat stress is not a limiting factor for this test.
These swims involve effort at or above race pace, with regular recoveries. They will build your sustainable speed for race day.
1 x (100 FS in Z2 + 100 Kick in Z2 + 20 secs rest),
1 x (100 Drill* in Z2 + 20 secs rest).
2 x (50 FS in Z2 + 50 FS in Z3 + 20 sec rests),
3 x (50 Pull in Z2 + 50 Pull in Z4 + 30 sec rests),
2 x (50 FS in Z2 + 50 FS in Z5 + 30 sec rests).
2 x (50 FS in Z2 + 50 Choice in Z2).
This fitness test helps you to set your pace and heart rate training zones and thresholds for Training Peaks.
5 mins in Z2 (easy/steady).
Run for 30 mins at the fastest pace you can maintain for the duration. Record your average pace and ideally average heart rate too.
Get warm or dry clothes on and walk for 5 mins. Optional gentle stretching session after.
Ride at an easy/steady intensity, mainly in Z2 today. You should be able to chat at this intensity. This ride will improve your efficiency for using fat for fuel and increase your ability to transport oxygen to your working muscles.
A steady run, mainly in Z2. You should be able to chat at this intensity. This is your long run for the week and it will progress in duration. They will gradually build your endurance.