Over the winter months I only did bike work, and was really excited about the workouts. Everything is so specific and calculated. The exact durations, intensities, rest periods, etc. Everything seemed extremely well thought out and purposeful.
I started doing triathlon plans in January and figured I’d give it a fair shot and see where it gets me (70.3 in May). The run and swim workouts look like they were mailed in, honestly. There is no specificity or purpose like in the bike workouts. Today’s long run day plan calls for “run 80 minutes at RPE of 6. Try not to walk.” I went into training peaks to pull up old workouts from my previous coach (#1 world ranked in his AG for 2019 after being sidelined 3 years with injury). The workout at a similar stage of that 70.3 block calls for:
- 2mi warmup. Mix in 4x20” bursts at the end
- 5x1mi intervals at goal race pace with 3Min recovery in between.
- remainder of run cool down z2
Other workouts are very similar, calling for intervals at race pace, open half marathon pace, 10k/5k pace, some track workouts, hill repeats, etc.
Much more specific, much more detailed.
Same for the swim workouts. It feels boring and not well thought out. TR is basically:
700 warmup/cool down
2 “working sets” of intervals.
I look at it once and can remember the whole workout. Compared to prior workouts, I used to write them on a note card and keep in a zip lock bag on the pool deck so I could keep track because there was LOTS of variation and specificity. Not just intervals, but building sets, different breathing patterns, underwater sets, alternating intensities, etc. All stuff I’m not seeing in TR plans.
I’m looking for feedback from people who have followed the TR plans to a “T”. How well did it prepare you for race day? Or, have a lot of people kept the bike workouts and abandoned the swim/run TR plans in favor of “better” ones? That’s where I’m leaning. I want to give it a fair shot, but I also don’t want to show up on race day underprepared.
Just imagine if the TR bike workout called for “ride an hour at a RPE of 6. Try not to take breaks”.