I like to plan ahead…which means that now is the time to figure out what training plan I’m going to use for the Dilettante Women’s Triathlon. (Don’t forget, I want you to come too, AND you can save $10 on your registration using code RUNFUNDONEDWT13).
I’ve looked over a few training plans, and to be perfectly honest: I have NO idea what I’m doing, or how to go about picking a plan. I found this onefrom the Beginner Triathlete website. It doesn’t seem like an appropriate plan for me, because all it’s really doing is telling me to do less running, swimming, and biking than I’m doing now. Perhaps doing less would challenge me to go faster, but my thought is that if the training is requiring LESS than what you’re already doing, it’s probably not a great training plan for you.
I found two plans that seem more appropriate to my swim/bike/run current level of fitness. One from Hal Higdon, and one from the Salt Lake Running Company. The Hal Higdon plan is 8 weeks, while the Salt Lake Running Company plan is 10 weeks. At this point, I’m not sure which one to pick. The Salt Lake plan only has brick workouts on the weekend, while the Hal Higdon plan has me do doubles/bricks 3x per week for the last half of the training program.
(For those of you that don’t know: A “brick” workout is when you do one fitness activity immediately following another fitness activity. The reason I say “double” with the Hal Higdon plan is because it does not specify whether you should do one activity immediately after the other. And most likely for me, I’d have to do one workout in the morning and the other in the evening).
At this point, I’m lost. I’m not sure how to know what the appropriate training plan is.
How do you choose your training plan? What training plan did you use for your first sprint triathlon?