Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Triathlon Training Program

I finally finished our triathlon training program!  Now don't think that I am some genius who should be a running/triathlon coach, I definitely had some help from this online training website that I found.

I used the 10 week Sprint distance training program, for beginners, as a guide while writing up our plan for our first triathlon!  I'm not sure why it is called a 10 week training program since it does include the week of your triathlon which would make it 11 weeks, oh well!  Our training time frame is actually 12 weeks so I just repeated the last week of the one I found online.  

Other than the biking distances, I didn't really follow any of the distances established in the online program.  I used the days that the plan had for each sport with the exception of the long rides and long runs, I switched the days!

If you would like to see what we are going to be up to for the next 3 months, here you go:

March
 
April

May/June

If all goes according to plan we should be able to accomplish everything on this training schedule! The only thing that may need to be arranged are some of the running sessions after our half marathons and the long bike after Seneca 7.  I'm also not thrilled that the week of our triathlon is the first week of Marathon training, but Mike and I will have enough of a base that it shouldn't hold us back too much.  

The "off" days may not be completely off as we go along.  I need to keep up my Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred and we do want to try Crossfit sometime!  We are most likely going to lift on the days that we swim too so that we aren't just driving to the gym to swim a few hundred yards.  

I'm really excited about this and I can't wait to start training!  I did have to print out the plan, though, since I thought we were swimming today, not running.  Oops!  I don't have it memorized, yet.  

A good bet for all of our friends and family over the next few months (and even after that since we will be training for Wineglass at that point), if you want to see us come swim, bike or run with us!  A few of you are doing just that!

Have you ever developed your own training plan from scratch or do you use online programs as a guide?

24 comments:

  1. Wow, great plan. Can't wait to see how it goes:)

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  2. I love creating training plans... so exciting! I always used online programs as guides, and now have a good sense of what works for me so I can make it fit my schedule. Looks like a great schedule to get you prepared and ready to race that tri!

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    1. It was fun to make this plan, but it emphasized we only have 3 months until the race!

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  3. For me, I definitely develop my own training plan from scratch. Since no plan ever survives (completely intact) its first contact with the enemy (in my case, minor injury setbacks), I've grown accustomed to remaining fluid and re-planning as I go.

    This looks like a great plan though...you both should do well.

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    1. Oh believe me I'm completely expecting things to change, haha! It did with all of our programs so far! It's just nice to have a guide on paper.

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  4. The plan looks awesome!

    As for me, I'm supposed to make my own training plan, but I haven't had the time for the last three months that I meant to make a plan. So I'm just going with the flow, which isn't the best plan since it's my first ever marathon.

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    1. Thanks Rena!

      As long as you increase mileage every week and keep up your long runs I think you will be fine! You've got this!

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  5. Yay training plan! You're going to have fun with this!!
    I love sprint triathlons! Hope you guys do too. :)
    I like to create my own training plans but use other plans as a guide. I'm getting to the point where I am branching out on my own more though. :)

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    1. Will you do one with us next year? :)

      I'm hoping that eventually I won't need to use online programs but for now it works! (The swimming had to change on this one, it started out with 200 yards!)

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  6. Wow! You have a crazy few months ahead of you!!
    I have pretty much stuck to training plans this far but for the half-marathon I have 'Frankenstein-ed' a few different plans to make one that suits me and my schedule.
    Good luck with all the training to come, I know you guys will rock it!

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    1. Haha yea they are definitely going to be crazy, but exciting!

      I think we are going to do that for our marathon training plan, but mostly follow Hal Higdon's plan.

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  7. Great training plan! Looks like you have a pretty good schedule there for you! How long is your marathon plan? You should be fine if you just take it easy the first week and then go into the training after your tri.

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    1. Thanks!

      We are going for an 18 week plan, I think that our first long run would be about 10 miles so if we do it the week before we should be alright! The first couple of weeks after the tri wouldn't be too stressful nor different from what we are used to doing any!

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  8. That looks like a great training plan and I'm sure you guys will do a wonderful job knocking out the workouts!

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    1. Thanks Suz!! Yesterday's workout went well a 5 mile progression run!

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  9. Great plan!

    I've definitely come up with my own plan - and usually use other plans as guides. :)

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    1. Thanks!

      I think as we go along we will develop our training plans on our own, but I know for Ironman training we are probably going to have to hire a coach for help!

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  10. Wow how exciting! I'm looking forward to following you through this. I've strayed from plans but have always used one for at least a rough guideline.

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    1. I'm definitely excited!

      I like having plans but I also know that most of the time something will happen and we will have to deviate from it every once in awhile.

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  11. This is SO exciting! Which triathlon did you sign up for? I think I will finally do one this year, but I'm thinking of aiming for August so it's after all my other "big" races.

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    1. Thanks Ricole!!

      We signed up for the Keuka Lake Tri http://keukalaketri.com/

      This year it didn't really work out for us to do later triathlons since we have our first marathon the end of September. Next year we are planning on doing the Musselman Tri (half-iron distance)!

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  12. I am so excited for you but think that it seems like a lot to have all that working out with only one day of rest?? maybe I'm just lazy ;) and I'd change up the week of your half marathons??? maybe not? I've never done a tri, maybe this is how hardcore you have to be lol

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    1. Yea we'll see how it goes, we have to do more since we aren't just doing the tri. If we were we could probably add another rest day. The swimming won't be too bad since 500 yards is nothing for us!

      If you mean change when we have half marathons, haha we can't! But we might have to change our workouts a little bit if we need more time to recover!

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