Triathlon - Speed and Long workouts
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Due to a scheduling and available time, I've setup the following workout schedule for the summer.
Tue: Run - Speed; Swim
Wed: Bike - Speed
Thur: Swim - Speed; Run
Fri: Bike - Long
Sat: Bike; Swim - OW - Long
Sun: Run - Long
Will I survive doing all my speed work in 3 consecutive days then all 3 of my long workous in consecutive days? I've got a sprint coming, an Oly in July, and my first HIM in September. I'll probably do another sprint or two thrown in there as well for fun. I figure I'll just give this a shot for a few weeks and see how it works out.
Any ideas or suggestions?
05-22-07, 12:44 PM
The 3 long workouts on consecutive days looks OK, since a long swim isn't nearly as hard on the body as a long run, in my experience with my body, so the swim is something of a break from weight-bearing workouts.
As far as the 3 speed days in a row, I suppose that depends on:
1) how intense these really are, and how long
2) how well you can recover from week after week of this
At 47 I can no longer do 2 really hard workouts on consecutive days for a few weeks in a row without bad things happening, but your experience may be different.
I was thinking the same about the long days.
I plan on trying to keep the speed rather short as I already know I won't be able to recover too quickly. I am only 26 which should help I think but I am slow so my speed work compared to others is probably rather tame.
I think I'll give it a shot and just readjust later if it doesn't work out. My main goal is to get 3 workouts each in with one speed day, one sort of moderate day, and one longer day of each. I'll never win an AG race or anything, but I do like to try and improve my previous times.
05-22-07, 01:52 PM
I would recommend a step down week after 3 weeks. Your body needs to recover for a while after you keep this type of workouts going. Speed work should be no more than 10% of weekly mileage. This will increase as your total miles go up, obviously. But take it slow. Do not add more than 10% every other week to your total miles either. This will help with overuse injuries.
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