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Triathlon Base 12 weeks (12.5 to 20.5 hrs./wk.)


Karen Buxton

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Plan Description

This 12-week base plan is designed for the experienced triathlete who trains at 12.5 to 20.5 hours per week. Weekday training hours range from 1.0 to 3.0 per day (1 to 3 workouts per day) and weekend training hours up to 4.5 per day. The training is challenging at this volume and frequency level and to ensure proper recovery and adaptation, there is a recovery period every third week.


Average Weekly Breakdown

Workouts Weekly Average Longest Workout
2:10 hrs 1:00 hrs
3:21 hrs 2:00 hrs
5:58 hrs 3:30 hrs
2:45 hrs 1:15 hrs
Workouts Per Week Weekly Average Longest Workout
2:10 hrs 1:00 hrs
3:21 hrs 2:00 hrs
5:58 hrs 3:30 hrs
2:45 hrs 1:15 hrs

Training Load By Week

Karen Buxton

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

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Sample Day 1

AA Tri

Equipment: Either free weights or machines. Can be done as a circuit.
Load/Resistance: The greatest load possible for 20-30 reps per set (do not sacrifice good form for added weight--always estimate on the light side)
Sets: 2-3
Reps: 20-30
Recovery between sets: 60 seconds.
Important: During recoveries stretch muscle group just worked before starting next exercise.
Speed: Slow to moderate emphasizing perfect form
Progression: Complete one set of each exercise in order (1, 2, 3, etc) before starting second set. The first set every workout is the lightest (warm-up set). When you can complete 3 sets of 30 reps, increase load.
Warm-up and cool down: 5 to 10 minutes aerobic (easy 1-2 zone) exercise (bike, row, elliptical, etc)
Exercises: In order of completion
1. Walking lunge
2. Standing straight arm lat pull down
3. Swiss ball squat
4. Chest press, OR push-ups.
5. Calf raises
6. Seated row
7. Hamstring curls
8. Core work—abs & back

Sample Day 2

Descending 100s

500 swim easy.
8 x 50 done as 25 drill and 25 swim.
7 x 100 (20”) #1 is easy. Descending time for each interval.
Rest 1-2 minutes.
5 x 100 (20”) each same pace as #7 of first set.
Rest 1-2 minutes.
3 x 100 (20”) each same pace as #7 of first set.
300 kick steady effort.
CD: 300 easy pull.
Total: 3000

Sample Day 2

Heart rate zone 1-2, check form.

Run with heart rate in zone 1-2. Don't force zone 2. Flat to gently rolling. Continually check form. Quick cadence (88+ rpm).

Sample Day 3

Rolling hills seated

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 3

Form Run Workout

30-minute track form run workout

10 minute easy run

On the straight-aways:
Perform the drill and then walk back the start.

1) Grapevine – switch lead leg every 10 cross-overs
2) High skips
3) Walking lunges (start with 10-15 steps)
4) Jog backwards
5) High Knees
6) Butt kicks
7) Strides – 4 to 6 repeats--quick light steps, high cadence

5 to 10 minute easy run cool down and light stretch

Sample Day 3

core exercises

Back and abs

Sample Day 4

Descending 300s

100 swim easy.
50 drill.
100 swim easy.
50 drill.
MS: Start slow and decrease times for each 300.
4 x 300 (30”) at aerobic effort (slower than T-pace).
Kick 50 easy.
3 x 300 (30”) at aerobic effort (less than T-pace).
Kick 50 easy.
2 x 300 (30”) at aerobic effort (less than T-pace).
CD: 300 swim.
Total: 3200

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