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This plan is designed to get you in peak shape for your target "A" race, although you can include other events too. There are usually 3 swims, 3 cycles, 3 or 4 runs and a strength workout each week, plus a day off. Every 4th week is an easier week. Brick workouts and open water swims are included later in the plan. To be successful with this plan you should have at least two years experience of frequent triathlon training. Guidance is provided for HR, Feel, Power or Pace. You can start this plan any Monday.
This test helps you to measure fitness and create accurate training zones.
6 x (50 FS in Z2 + 20 sec rests),
4 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.
400 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.
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.
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.
This workout works well on an indoor bike trainer; you can also do it outside. It's not supposed to be high intensity, so keep a lid on this one. You will improve your fat-burning and efficiency.
5 mins in Z2,
5 x (20 secs in Z3 + 40 secs in low Z2).
6 x (5 mins in upper Z2 + 60 sec recoveries in low Z2).
5 mins in low Z2.
A nice steady run in Z2. You can do these runs off the bike if you have time. If not, do them separately.
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 + 5 secs rest),
1 x (100 Drill* in Z2 + 100 Pull in Z2 + 5 secs rest).
4 x (50 FS in Z2 + 50 FS in Z3 + 5 sec rests),
4 x (50 Pull in Z2 + 50 Pull in Z4 + 10 sec rests),
4 x (50 FS in Z2 + 50 FS in Z5 + 15 sec rests).
2 x (50 FS in Z2 + 50 Choice in Z2).
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.