Nearly didn’t click on this… as Olympic distance seems more than short to me.
That’s because I’ve only done XS/S triathlons in the past couple of years but now I’m training for my first two M/Olympic races this year. First was supposed to be last year, but postponed to end of May this year - Salagou Triathlon near Montpellier, France. I have also somewhat accidentally got a place on the Alpe d’Huez M race end of July (and a place on the Alpe d’Huez duathlon the same week - which I’ll be using as a warm-up and a first ever ride up AdH).
Pools are almost all closed here (France) right now - there are two open air ones, but a bit far. I’m also pretty new to TR. I looked at the LV M distance Tri plans in plan builder and they only have two bike workouts, which didn’t seem much, so I’ve spent 8 weeks doing SSBLV : three indoor rides per week and running once a week (mostly base/Z2 runs) with occasional easy outdoor rides. This has got me to where I’ll be starting a Tri plan week after next, just as our home pool gets warm enough to be useable (12°C plus wetsuit) - it’s only 10m long, but that’s useable for me.
As I’m a very inexperienced (slow) swimmer, quite an inexperienced (slow) runner and ok on the bike I’m pretty happy with where I am now. I’ll be quite happy to drop from three to two planned TR rides a week to make room for more swimming and running now I’ve been through a few weeks of SSB.
Managing to execute a good M distance triathlon is really a stretch goal for me, especially the swim, which is really helping with the current uncertainty and restrictions - I’m enjoying the process, building up training experience and if the events are cancelled/postponed again then I’ll be slightly relieved !
I’ve read a lot of comment about the TR tri plans, but I’ll be following it quite closely - the week’s organisation, the suggested volumes of swim/run leading up to the events and precise bike workouts make it perfect for me going into a first M distance. Maybe later on in the process (or even next year) I’ll feel like changing up the swim and run planning, but the TR plan should give me the experience to help me with those choices.