Welcome to Hal Higdon's Triathlon 1 Training Program. The purpose of this 8-week program is to utilize the three events of the triathlon (swimming, cycling and running) plus strength training and walking to get you in shape and keep you there. It's a good summer fitness program, but the Triathlon 1 program is not intended to train you for a triathlon--although you certainly could compete in one at the end of 8 weeks if that is your desire. Your goal instead should be Total Fitness. Let's begin today with a 30-minute bike ride, outdoors or on an indoor bike. Think you can cover 5 miles in that time? After your ride, finish with some strength training.
Run for a half hour today at whatever pace seems comfortable to you. Don't worry about how far you run or how fast. For the benefit of training goals shown on the toolbar, I estimate that you will run about 3 miles in a half hour. If you do more or less, don't worry about it.
Begin today's workout with some strength training in the gym. If you are not familiar with the exercise machines, ask someone connected with the gym (or fitness center) to show you around. For more expert advice, you might want to employ a Personal Trainer to teach you how to strength train safely. A half hour of gym time should be enough.
Run for a half hour today, the same as Tuesday and the same as Saturday at least in this first week of training. Since most of my training programs available on TrainingPeaks are aimed at runners, particularly those training for marathons, most of you should have no trouble with this workout.
This is the third day this week on which I have asked you to run 30 minutes. Sounds boring, even to me. But it's important at the beginning of any training program to first establish a firm base before moving onward and upward. Over the next eight weeks, I will gradually increase the time of your runs to where you will be running an hour.
Get out on your bike today and go for an hour. Unless you have a thin-tired bike and like to ride nose down on the handlebars at 20 mph or faster, you should be happy to cover about 10 miles in this time. That's about how many miles I go when I go for a ride on my thick-tired, sit-up bike. I'm out for enjoyment as much as fitness.
Run for 30 minutes today at the beginning of your second week of Triathlon 1 training. The average runner should be able to run about 3 miles in a half hour. But you might be slower or faster, meaning you would cover less or more distance. Don't worry about it. Don't get hung up on whether you are precisely following my directions to run about 3 miles in about a half hour.