So you’re thinking of a triathlon! Congrats!
My blogger friend Katie asked me to take a look at the training plan she’d put together.
My Assumptions: You’re starting at a point you can handle. Your healthcare provider has OK’ed you training for a triathlon.
Good things in her training plan:
- YOGA! & Strength! I think this is great!
- 2-3 times a week of swimming
- Lots of Brick workouts — getting these in is the hardest for me, so it’s good you’re planning on them now!
I also put together a pivot chart of her training time to see how much total time was spent on swim versus bike versus run:
And compared it to this:
This chart has “time v/s distance” pie charts, and you can see that many people:
- Have joined triathlon recently (!)
- Spend more time on training for swim & run than the actual race distance proportions
You look about average on time, but if you did want to spend more time cycling, it certainly wouldn’t hurt. Personally, I wouldn’t prioritize cycling over improving at swimming, especially if you’re still feeling uncomfortable/foreign in swimming. If you have access & free time, try to go swimming a bit more often, even if just for a short period. I think improvements on swimming come from frequency & getting more used to your technique.
Other things to think about:
- Open Water Swim in April– FYI it’s likely to be cold! That said, preparing in April for a June triathlon will give you further time to practice, and also make you heartier.
- Week before your race: It looks like you have more off days than I might have put. I’m not sure what your thoughts were behind this (other life stuff, or just taper) but you may want to think about this more come closer to that week. (That said, I usually end up doing the “do nothing taper”)
- You have a masters swim, but what are you doing when you swim by yourself? Quality is more important than quantity, especially in short distance swimming. We can talk about swim drills, practice times.
Do you like creating your own training plans? Or do you prefer someone telling you what to do each day or week?