Training Plan for 70.3 Races
Swim 2:30 - Bike 6:10 - Run 3:25 - Total: 12:05
200 Kick w/o kick board (ok to use fins)
- swim progressively faster than first 300, building up to 85% intensity by the end
12 x 100 w/30 sec rest after each (Alternate set: 8 x 100)
- each 100 should be comprised of:
25 Kick - 25 Choice (follow IM order) - 50 freestyle, hard
- the final 50 freestyle should be as fast as possible on every repeat
3 x 100 easy swim w/10 sec rest after each - cool down gradually & completely
This is an active recovery ride and is less important that today’s swim.
You can go for an easy spin outside if you prefer, or an easy spin on the trainer.
Either way, keep it in the small chain ring and stay focused on active recovery
-- keep the intensity level at or under 75% throughout the ride.
DAILY TOTAL: 1:30
The main set focuses on developing a sense of pace for the shorter, harder rides.
The intensity level is high, so make sure to stay focused and cool down completely at the end.
15:00 warm up, as
- 5:00 in easy gear, 5:00 in moderate gear, 5:00 in moderately hard gear
5 x 15 sec build to a sprint (115-120 rpm) w/45 sec easy spin after each
The goal is to establish a strong pace that you can maintain over the entire
interval -- don't start out too hard, or you'll never make it! Also, if you’d rather
you can substitute a distance that you can cover over the 20:00 time frame
(anywhere from 10K to 8 miles, for most of you). This will make it easier to
make meaningful comparisons when we do similar sets in the future.
2 x 20:00 @85-88% intensity w/10:00 active recovery @60% after each
Cool down completely,
gradually reducing your HR gradually to under 60%.
After the previous set this could take quite a while to accomplish!
Tuesday’s steady tempo run, with a few bursts thrown in to help teach your body proper form
and faster leg turnover. During these "bursts" you should feel very relaxed and smooth while
developing a sense of what it feels like to run efficiently and fast.
Warm up gradually, taking 15-20:00 to get up to 75%
8 x 20 sec using increased foot speed, w/1:40 recovery after each "burst"
Maintain good running form through the remainder of the
letting your HR return below 60%.
DAILY TOTAL: 2:05
4 x 50 Swim w/10 sec rest: descend 1-4 (#4 is pretty fast, ~85%)
2000 continuous swim
- this will be an occasional benchmark so you can see how your swimming is
improving as the season progresses. Fight the urge to start out too hard --
a good way to approach this is to try to descend each 500 (each one faster
than the one before), but don't start out too slow. Get psyched and good luck!
(ALTERNATE SET: 1600 Swim)
4 x 50 easy swim w/10 sec after each
- let your body cool down completely
15:00 warm up spin
- stay in your small chain ring throughout, progressing from 85 rpm at the
beginning to 105-110 by the end of the warm up period.
3 x 4:30 Variable Gearing set w/30 sec after each - do the
following twice per set:
30 sec in medium gear @105 rpm,
45 sec in easy gear @115 rpm,
60 sec in harder gear @95 rpm
3 x 4:30 Isolated Leg Training set w/30 sec after each -
perform as follows:
20 sec right leg - 10 sec transition - 20 sec left leg - 10 sec transition
30 sec right leg - 15 sec transition - 30 sec left leg - 15 sec transition
40 sec right leg - 20 sec transition - 40 sec left leg - 20 sec transition
Continue spinning in your
small chain ring, cooling down gradually by
reducing your cadence from 100+ rpm down to the mid-80’s
DAILY TOTAL: 1:45
- Done continuously, with 10 sec rest after each repeat:
4 x 100 Swim w/15 sec rest after each, @60-70% intensity
4 x 50 Swim w/10 sec rest after each, @75-80% intensity
4 x 25 Swim w/5 sec after each, @85-90% intensity
1000 Swim @75% intensity
2 sets of (3 x 200 Swim w/15 sec after each) - 1:00 extra rest between sets
- descend from 70% on #1 to 90+% on #3 for both sets
(Alternate Set: 800 Swim - 4 x 200)
4 x 50 w/10, continuous cool down to complete recovery
This can be performed either at the track or on the road:
15:00 warm up jog, gradually getting your HR from 50% to 70% by the end
4 x 8:00 tempo efforts @80-85% w/3:00 recovery @60% after
4 x (1 mile / 1600m) @80-85% w/600m recovery jog after each
- record your times for these to use for future comparison
Cool down completely
until your HR returns to 60%
DAILY TOTAL: 2:00
Complete recovery day.