Two out of Three

Journey from Runner to Triathlete

How to add Swimming and Cycling into a Training Schedule.

I typically run 2-3 times a week. A lot of sources suggest running 4 times a week but I find I struggle somewhat with recovery and motivation and running on consecutive days is probably the easiest way to demoralise me. The point is that 3 times a week is already a significant time commitment, without trying to introduce swimming and cycling into the mix.

Most triathlon plans are based around six sessions a week, two for each. That’s either six days of exercise a week OR loading up with multiple training sessions in a day, or in a single session commonly called a “brick”). I haven’t quite got around to mastering bricks, to me they are scary and not fun. I did one once, and to be fair it wasn’t so bad. I cycled 4 miles, ran 3 miles, and cycled back 4 miles.

The cycling bits were easy, but the run, the run was something else. I found out later that the feeling is called “Jelly-Legs” and does not ever go away. It was unpleasant but bearable. This remains my one and only brick session. My current schedule looks like this:

MON: RUN (Long Slow Run)
TUES: SWIM (30 mins or so)
WED: CYCLE (15 Miles or so)
THU: RUN (Run club intervals)
FRI: DAY OFF
SAT: RUN (Short)
SUN: DAY OFF
I am looking to change at least one session to a mixed session (brick), I need to add another swim and cycle into the mix and maybe drop a run to accommodate (Saturday looks most likely) and make it look like the one below.

MON: RUN (Long Slow Run)
TUES: SWIM (30 mins or so)
WED: CYCLE (15 Miles or so)
THU: RUN (Run club intervals)
FRI: DAY OFF
SAT: BRICK (Cycle and Swim)
SUN: DAY OFF

But for now I am happy with the variety.

 

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