Triathlon is a multi-disciplinary endurance sport consisting of swimming, cycling and running sections.
The accepted format is to swim first, then cycle, then run, but there are races that vary the sequence and also the standardised distances of each.
The Ironman distance or 70.3 triathlon race distance is 3.8 km swim, 180 km cycle, 42.2 km run
In order to make it easier it choose the correct training plan for you, we categorise along 3 variables:
We split our training plans based on training hours available to the athlete.
The categories are Novice, Intermediate and Advanced.
Novice – 4 to 8 hours of training per week
Intermediate – 9 to 13 hours of training per week
Advanced – 14 or more hours of training per week
At different times in your year, you will focus on different aspects of training. There will be times when you are preparing for the new season, there will be times when you are building strength or endurance or speed, and there will be times when you are putting on the finishing touches so that you can be at your best come race day.
The 3 basic training periods we use for our TrainingPeaks based training plans are:
Training intensities are very important, especially when you take into consideration which training period you find yourself in.
You don’t want to be training too intensely when you should be recovering and you don’t want to be slacking of when you should be doing a threshold session, for example.
Intensities are expressed in Training Zones. The training zones are usually a narrow range that correlates with an energy system or training effect that is being targeted.
Training zones can be expressed in bands of heart rate, power or pace.
In our TrainingPeaks based training plans,
Our Ironman distance triathlon training plans include sport-specific Core Strength and Flexibility training plans.
You also get access to our FREE training tools that will help you accurately calculate your training zones.
The training plan can, therefore, will be adapted to your current fitness levels.
TrainingPeaks based plans for athletes with between 4 and 8 hours available for training per week.
TrainingPeaks based plans for athletes with between 9 and 13 hours available for training per week.
TrainingPeaks based plans for athletes with more than 14 hours available for training per week.
For athletes with long term goals. Work closely with one of our coaches developing the skills, fitness and tactics necessary to take you to the highest levels in your sport.
We limit our coaches to a maximum of 25 individually coached athletes at a time to ensure the highest quality personalised professional service.
While following a structured training plan could increase your chances of success by up to 100%, no single training plan can prepare you for the rigours and nuances of every event.
Events differ in terms of distance, terrain and technicality. Some events are fast and flat, others are punctuated with short sharp hills, while others may traverse mountain passes.
Should you be serious about getting your best result at a specific event you should have a training program that prepares you specifically for its demands. This would have to be created specifically for you by one of our coaches.
Complete the questionnaire on our Event Specific program page generator and one of our coaches will contact you.
Are you unsure if a training plan will work for you?
Book a FREE online consultation with one of our coaches.
Alternatively, try out our 10-week base training plan. Click the link to get your triathlon base training plan at up to 75% off.