Triathlon Workout: Cycle 2 (Olympic Distance) – Week 3, Day 7

The second cycle of Triathlon workouts will prepare you for an Olympic distance event.

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 7

Workout description: recovery run

Duration: 0:45:00

Purpose: the real benefit of recovery runs is that they allow you to find the opimal balance between the two factors that have the greatest effect on your fitness and performance: training stress and running volume.

Main set:

Recovery runs should be zone 1 or very low zone 2. The idea is to run slowly, so run slowly! This is a great time to leave your Garmin, iPod, and other electronics at home and be in tune with your body.

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