Monday, May 02, 2011
In conjunction with the Iron Girl triathlon series, and Julie of the Chubby Mommy Running Club, I am putting on a Triathlon Clinic this weekend to get women ready to do their first Sprint distance triathlon at the Iron Girl race in Portland. As part of that clinic, I've developed an eight week training plan to get you ready for your first race. Once a week, I'll be posting the week's plan here, along with tips and hints. There will be some give-aways as well, so stay tuned!
There are very few things you need in order to participate in this plan. They are:
1. A pair of running shoes
2. A bicycle & helmet
3. A swimsuit and access to a body of water
4. The ability to swim at least a few laps (if you're starting as a non-swimmer, you'll need to go get some good swim instruction before beginning this plan)
5. A notebook to record your workouts and times
6. Good health: as always, it's a good idea to check with your doctor before beginning any plan of exercise, especially if its new to you.
That's it! The workouts in this plan can be done in any order, though I think it's a good idea not to do the same exercise back to back, especially running. So try to alternate activities as much as possible.
The short, printable table format version of the workout is in a Google Doc here:
8 Weeks to Your First Triathlon: table format. (stick this one on your fridge)
The long version with more explanation is here:
8 Weeks to Your First Triathlon! (read for all the details!)
Here's the first two weeks:
If you're like many people, you may need to dust off your wheels first! Air up your tires, check your brakes, and make sure your helmet is adjusted properly. If you need to know how far 6 miles is, use MapMyBike.com and map out a route for yourself. Ride 6 miles at a comfortable pace. If you're unused to riding this far, you may feel some "saddle discomfort", or as we triathletes like to call it "bike butt". This too shall pass.
DAY 2: SWIM: 5 x 100 yards
10 Minute warmup, then:
Today we're going to do a Timed 100 yards (or meters). In most lap pools, that's four lengths of the pool. In some larger 50 meter pools, it will be two lengths, and in some shorter health club pools, it will be five lengths. If you're unsure, ask your lifeguard how long your lap pool is.
Look at the clock (most lap pools will have a pacing clock) or your watch. Swim 100 yards (or meters) at your medium pace (something you think you could sustain for a longer distance). Look at the clock when you're done. This is your pace per 100 yards.
Now we're going to swim a set of four more 100 yards/meters. We write this in a swim workout like this:
4 x 100
After each 100, rest exactly 60 seconds. Keep track of your pace for each 100 and see if they get slower or faster. Write down your paces when you're done.
Cool down with 10 minutes of easy swimming. You're done!
DAY 3: RUN 2 x 800 Meters
Run or run/walk 10 minutes at an easy pace. I like to stop here and do some joint rotations to warm up my knees, hips, and ankles.
Now we're going to run two half miles with a minute rest in between. You can do these at a track, if you have access to a local school track, or you can use MapMyRun.com to map out a little half mile course for yourself in your neighborhood.
Run half a mile (800 meters or twice around a track). Rest one minute. Run another half a mile (800 meters).
Cool down with a 10 minute run/walk, and that's it. If you want to keep track of your pace as you progress, write down how long each 800 meter (half mile) took you. If you need to walk, don't worry. Just keep moving and you'll be fine. Remember, there's no rule against walking in a triathlon, and many athletes do it.
DAY 4: BIKE 6 Miles
Same as Day 1 of biking.
DAY 5: SWIM 2 x 150 + 2 x 100
10 minute warm up
Swim 150 yards/meters (6 lengths of most pools) at your medium pace. Rest :60 seconds. Swim another 150
Rest 2 minutes.
We write this as: 2 x 150, r: 60
Then swim 100 yards/meters (4 lengths), rest :45 seconds, swim 100 meters, rest :45 seconds, swim 100 meters.
We write this as 3 x 100, r: 45
10 minute cool down.
DAY 6: RUN 1 Mile
Warm up with 10 minutes of running or run/walk, do joint rotations
Run: 1 mile, or 4 laps at a track
Cool down with 10 minutes of running/walking
DAY 7: REST
Do not underestimate the importance of REST! Taking a day off every week is crucial to your training as the swimming, biking, and running.
That's it. You are now one week closer to your goal!