OpenTri Training Plan for 70.3 Races
Week 5


Swim 2:30 - Bike 4:45 - Run 2:50 - Total: 10:05



Mon

SWIM 0:45
     WARM UP
     6 x 100, alternating 100 Swim, 100 Kick , 100 Pull (twice through, continuous)

     MAIN SET
     3 sets of (5 x 100 w/15 sec rest after each) take an extra 1:00 rest between sets
    - each set of 100’s should be done at up to 80% intensity
    - it should feel slightly easier than a 1500 meter swim during a race
     (ALTERNATE MAIN SET: 3 sets of 4 x 100)

     COOL DOWN
     300 easy cool down

BIKE 0:40
    15:00 warm up spin, brining your HR gradually up to 60%

    VG Sets :  Choose three gears while staying in your small chain ring:
        easy, medium, and hard (but not too hard!) - all @75% intensity

    4 sets of
        1:15 medium gear with moderate spinning
        0:45 easy gear with fast spinning
        1:00 hard gear with slower spinning
    -rotate through twice for 6:00 total per set
    w/1:30 recovery spinning @60%after each set

    Cool down spin to complete recovery
 

DAILY TOTAL: 1:25


Tue

BIKE 0:50
    15:00 warm up spin, brining your HR gradually up to 65%

    6 x (3:15 @75% w/45 sec @60% after each)
    - every third repeat should be sitting upright in a climbing
        position, in a harder gear and at about 75-80 rpm

    Alternate Set
    6 x 3:15 @80-84% w/45 sec @60% recovery after each
    - every one should be done down in the aero' position

    Cool down completely, allowing your HR to return under 60%

RUN 0:40
    This is a moderate duration endurance run with some strides thrown in
    to recruit different muscle fibers (much the same reason we do VG sets
    on the bike).

    Begin with a 15:00 warm up jog, getting into it gradually.  Then throw in
    8 x 20 second strides at high intensity with a 1:40 recovery after each effort.

    Hold good form throughout: Hold your head still, keep your arm swings
    from crossing your body, increase your leg cadence without straining.
 

DAILY TOTAL: 1:30
WEEK-TO-DATE: 2:55


Wed

SWIM 0:45
    WARM UP
    200 Swim
    2 x 75 Kick w/10
    2 x 100 Pull

    MAIN SET - Do all three sets continuously--no additional rest between sets:
    500 Swim @80-85% -- rest 30 sec before going into:

    2 x 250 @80-85% w/20 sec rest after each
    - total time should be 10-20 sec faster than straight 500

    5 x 100 @80-85% w/10 sec rest
    - total time should be 10 sec faster than 2 x 250

    (ALTERNATE SET: 1 x 400, 2 x 200 w/20, 4 x 100 w/10)

    COOL DOWN
    200 easy swim

BIKE 0:50
    Begin with a 15:00 warm up spin, getting into the ride gradually up to 60% intensity

    VG Sets :  You can choose three gears in your large chain ring if you
        prefer; however, if you’re not comfortable pushing a harder gear at
        this point then keep your gearing in the small chain ring.  You should
        choose three gears that are challenging, though your HR should stay
        below 80% at all times throughout the drill.

    3 sets of
        (2:00 medium gear with moderate spinning,
        1:00 easy gear with fast spinning,
        1:30 hard gear with slower spinning--rotate through twice for 9:00 total per set)
    w/1:00 recovery spinning after each set

Cool down spin to complete recovery, allowing your HR to gradually return to 50%
 

DAILY TOTAL: 1:35
WEEK-TO-DATE: 4:30

Thur

SWIM 1:00
    WARM UP
    200 Swim
    16 x 25 -- alternate 1 Kick, 2 Swim, 1 Choice (4 times through)

    MAIN SET
     800 Loco Swim
     - alternate 1 lap easy / 1 race pace (85%), 2/2, 3/3, 4/4, 3/3, 2/2, & 1/1

     Rest 30 sec before starting right into:
     5 x 300 (200 Swim - 100 Choice) w/30 sec rest after each 

    (ALTERNATE SET: 800 Loco, 4 x 200 (150 Swim - 50 Choice))

    COOL DOWN
    200 easy swim

RUN 0:50
    Steady run, keeping your HR at or under 65% throughout.  Work
    on shortening your gait slightly (reduce your stride length & don’t
    lift your heels up too high behind you) and increase your leg turnover .
    This will keep you lighter on your feet and should reduce the
    pounding on your legs.

    After a 15:00 warm up, throw in
    10 x 20 second strides @ faster foot speed (75% intensity)
        w/1:40 recovery after each

    Run steady & cool down completely, lowering your HR under 60% by the end
 
    Alternate Track Workout
    (3200m / 16:00) warmup jog
    6 x (800m / 3:30) @84% w/(200m / 1:00) recovery jog after each
    (2400m / 12:00) cool down
 

DAILY TOTAL: 1:50
WEEK-TO-DATE: 6:20


Fri

Complete recovery day.



Sat
BIKE 1:45
 
WARM UP
15:00 controlled spin: 4:00 @60%, 5:00 @65%, 6:00 @70%
Aerobic Set:
 
This is designed to add some aerobic "bulk" to today's session -- do it at the suggested intensities, and get ready for the main set.
2 x (20:00 / 6.2mi / 10km) @75% w/2:00 @60% recovery after each
 
Intermediate Set:
During this set your HR intensity should bridge the gap from 75% up to 84%, getting your body ready for some higher quality, high intensity work.
4 x 20 sec fast spinning (120 rpm) w/40 sec recovery spinning (90 rpm) after each - continuous
 
MAIN SET
This set is described in terms of time; if you have a CompuTrainer, or if your cyclometer is driven off your rear wheel, then you can substitute the distances (in parenthesis below) for the time. Be sure to record your times and average HR's for future comparisons.
3 x (8:30 / 3.1mi / 5km) time trial @84% w/2:30 recovery btwn 60-70%
 
COOL DOWN
Continuous spinning until your HR is back under 60%. Adjust your gearing such that your cadence remains at roughly 90 rpm through the end of the session. Good job!
DAILY TOTAL: 1:45
WEEK-TO-DATE: 8:05


Sun
RUN 1:20
 
Steady aerobic effort, keeping your HR under 75% the entire time. Be sure to keep the intensity under control -- too much higher intensity efforts during a tough week like this one, and you could be inviting some physical breakdown...
 
BIKE 0:40
 
Make sure to fit this in today, right after today's run if possible. This is especially beneficial after a harder week such as this one, and should give you some time to gather your thought on your accomplishments over the past several days -- great job!


 

DAILY TOTAL: 2:00
WEEK-TO-DATE: 10:05