Completing a triathlon takes strength, speed, endurance, and flexibility. Triathlon training is balanced, whole-body training. In other sports you may wind up building strength in some areas, while accruing weaknesses in others. Triathletes get body benefits from running, cycling, and swimming, and as a result are lean and fit from head to toe.
After the sprint-distance triathlon, many athletes have their sights set on an Olympic distance event. If that’s your goal, then this comprehensive program is for you.
This Olympic distance triathlon plan starts with an assessment week to dial in your swim, bike, and run training parameters. You begin by building a solid base and move gradually into tempo and speed work. The program culminates with a peak week. As always, the key to success is your commitment to consistency.
Stay focused! Be healthy, train smart, and have fun.
Week 3, Day 3
Workout description: Fartlek interval run
Purpose: Fartlek intervals are about speed play. The intervals help to develop cadence and speed.
Warm up well.
Then, on a rolling course, run in heart rate zone 2 with 1-2 minute pick-ups at faster than your 5km pace. Do these pickups whenever you feel like it during the run. Pay close attention to your running form and cadence.