16-week Triathlon Base Program--Bike Focus

Average Weekly Training Hours 10:22
Training Load By Week
Average Weekly Training Hours 10:22
Training Load By Week

This 16-week plan (7-to-14 hours per week) is designed to be “bike-specific”, while allowing you to maintain your fitness in the swim and run. This block of training begins with two weeks of preparation work, followed by three weeks of Base I, seven weeks of Base II and four weeks of Base III training. Week-day training does not exceed two hours, and your longest weekend day tops out at 4:25. This training block is not intended for beginning triathletes: you should have several triathlon seasons under your belt prior to attempting this plan.

Sample Day 1
1:00:00

Ride primarily at 1-2 zones on a rolling course. Mostly in saddle on hills to build & maintain hip strength. Small and big chain rings.

Sample Day 1
0:30:00

On soft but firm surface, heart rate in zone 1 only. Pretty form and quick cadence.

Sample Day 2
0:45:00

Warm-up + drills for your technique limiter. Then do 6x50 fast form (on 90 seconds). Long, easy cool down. FORM!

Sample Day 2
1:00:00

After warm up do 3-4 sets of AA. Cool down with 5-10 minutes of spinning in easy gear/resistance at high rpm. For details go to HELP (above), WORKOUT DESCRIPTIONS.

Sample Day 3
0:45:00

Isolated Leg Training on trainer. After warm-up, alternate 20-60 seconds with 1 leg--other on a chair. Get a total of 7-10 minutes of ILT on each leg in workout. Alternate legs as you feel like it. Comfortably high cadence. Focus on eliminating dead spot at top of stroke by pushing toes forward in shoes at top.

Sample Day 4
0:45:00

WU: 4 x 100 swim done as 25s each of kick, R arm only, L arm only, swim.
MS: The even intervals are done at 5 seconds slower than 100 T-pace. The others are relaxed swims with good technique. Recoveries are in seconds within parentheses.
100 (15”) 200 (20”) 300 (40”) 400 (60”) 300 (40”) 200 (30”) 100.
CD: Easy combination of kicks and strokes for 10 minutes.
Total: 2400

Sample Day 4
0:30:00

Strides. Warm up. Then 4-5x20 seconds fast on soft, gentle downhill. Approximately 400m race pace. Not all out. Relax. Walk and hop back to start point during each recovery. Hop 30 times on right leg and then 30 times on left leg (hops are to build foot/leg strength). Zone 1 cool down.

Karen Buxton
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I work with triathletes, duathletes, runners, swimmers and endurance cyclists from first-timers to elites.

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