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A 52-Week Training Plan

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

So, I've been talking a bit about my next year's training plan, which spans 52 weeks and takes into account several different phases of training throughout the year (Prep, Base, Build and Race Phases). A lot of you have been surprised that I would plan so far out. And some have had questions about this.

I did not come up with this training plan on my own. Not at all! This is a plan carefully researched and laid out by triathlete, Joe Friel, in his book "The Triathlete's Training Bible".



If you are at all interested in triathlon, this book will take you through every aspect of the sport that you can possibly imagine. And Joe devotes two entire chapters to meticulously laying out HOW to set up a 52-week training program (tailoring it to your own personal lifestyle and training limitations). I simply went through the chapters step by step and this is the training plan I have designed (I'm sure you can't see details...but you CAN see that it is well thought out and lays a great foundation for a racing season).



Once you get past the complication of laying it all out, it's really quite simple. Each week has a number of hours assigned to it. You simply train for that number of hours. There are smaller areas of focus (i.e. endurance, muscular strength, etc). But, as a beginning triathlete, I choose to focus on getting the training done....that's most important. My ONE AND ONLY focus this year is going to be ENDURANCE. If I CAN add the extras, great. If not, I'm not going to worry about it this year.

Anyway, I'm very excited to start this plan next week. As I've said before, my Prep and Base phases will consist solely of weights/strength, spinning and swimming. Basically, I'm looking to drop some serious weight before I jump back into run training.

I'm sure there will be a lot of bumps and bruises as I work through this first season. But, at least I have a specific and detailed plan, which I can replicate next year and tweak to perfection.

Have I mentioned I'm SO excited??????
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KATHIC2 11/3/2012 9:25AM

  Great info and plan! I will look for the book too!

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OPTIMIST1948 11/1/2012 8:25PM

    I dropped *serious* weight when I started triathlons this summer. Its how I think I got to where I am now **the best frekin' shape of my life**

And I got to eat 85% of everything I still ate. Be careful on brick days. VERY hungry afterwards...

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OLIVIANIGHT 11/1/2012 5:22PM

    Oh wow, that is detailed!
I've actually let the idea of doing a triathlon start to maybe creep into my head. It sounds completely insane right now - I'm down to a maximum 12.5 minutes running after hurting my knee, so a triathlon?? But if I had a training plan for it then maybe it might be possible.
I may have to look up this book.

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ON2VICTORY 11/1/2012 3:42PM

    You're hired....

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FALLNTENN 11/1/2012 12:51PM

    It's really amazing how much thought and planning goes into training for a triathlon. I'm so excited for you. Good Luck.

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DR8561 11/1/2012 11:39AM

    emoticon on getting it done. Hoping all goes well over the next 52 weeks!

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GOING-STRONG 10/31/2012 10:33PM

    So very excited for you! Thanks for the info on the book... I'm going to look into it. I need to get a bit more "formal" with my training schedule.

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TREYONE 10/31/2012 9:23PM

  Congratulations on having your fitness plan for the year!!!! Good motivation!!! emoticon

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SEPPIESUSAN 10/31/2012 9:14PM

    That's fantastic - you're committed to a whole year of endurance training! Sounds like you have some really well-planned goals.

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COCK-ROBIN 10/31/2012 8:26PM

    And you should be excited. I wish you the best on your goals.

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COLETTEISGREAT 10/31/2012 5:43PM

    YAY! This is so cool!

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FEMISLIM 10/31/2012 4:37PM

    Great!!!

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CINDHOLM 10/31/2012 4:14PM

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FITFOODIE806 10/31/2012 1:29PM

    I'm so excited for you!!!! I started my tri ST plan last night. WAY harder than I expected. Good thing it's only twice a week through the winter!
I'm curious and nosy: Are you still going to do Grandma's this coming June? Or focus on tri for now?
Enjoy the training!!!

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JUNEAU2010 10/31/2012 1:20PM

    AWESOME! I'll look for that book...

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GUITARWOMAN 10/31/2012 12:57PM

    I finished Francie Wirkus' book.

I am certainly curious and interested about what makes a triathelte do what they do.

It was a bit amusing to read about Francie's mother telling her she was going to wreck her knees, etc., but, is thee any research as to long-term harmful effects of this kind of training and competition?

It will be fascinating for me to read your updates. You are a competent, clear writer....maybe you'll write a book!

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SLIMLEAF 10/31/2012 12:26PM

    This is really exciting, Leah!

It makes me think that I need to do something like that too - having a training chart/plan. It would motivate me to stick to my goals. I have given up on myself a bit at the moment because keeping within my calorie ranges seems impossible. I NEED to do it, though. I NEED to succeed and not give up.

You are an inspiration - Spark On!

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REMEMBER2BME 10/31/2012 12:24PM

    Wow, this is so very impressive. Selfishly, I am hopeful that we will be able to tag along during this journey of yours. I am confident I can continue to learn from you. HUGS! AND GREAT JOB!!!!

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FITBIZZZ 10/31/2012 12:22PM

    Nicely done. Love it!

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HFAYE81 10/31/2012 12:18PM

    Awesome!!! Looking back over accomplished training is going to be so amazing here in a few weeks emoticon

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DANILYNNG 10/31/2012 12:17PM

    How much lee-way does the plan allow? That's key for me... I like to use a couple of plans back to back, because if I lose time or need more time, I can adjust that as I go.

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ISABELLE31 10/31/2012 12:11PM

    Look at you! I'm excited FOR you! emoticon

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PATTISTAMPS 10/31/2012 11:47AM

    I know you will do well with this plan!

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JMARIES51 10/31/2012 11:07AM

    This is so awesome and you must feel soooooooooooooooooo excited! LOL. How wonderful to have your goals all laid out in front of you. You go girl!

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KIPPER15 10/31/2012 11:01AM

    So organized! Well done. I know you will do this. I need to borrow some motivation please. emoticon emoticon

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