UK-based triathlon website TRI247.com runs a series of triathlon focused workouts hosted each week by a guest 'coach', including Pro triathletes, coaches and notable characters associated with the sport. The workouts are typically around 60 minutes long, to add variety and interest to your weekly training schedule.
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A follow up to the original "A bit of speed too" set, the aim of this session is to once again take our steady-state triathlon legs outside of their normal threshold / FTP type efforts and - briefly at least - hits some bigger speed and power numbers.
Once again, we aren't looking to win a Tour stage Sprint any time soon, but a bit of extra speed will wake our legs up a touch...
As triathletes we typically aren't the best at anything significantly above threshold / FTP effort. Steady-state is our game!
In this session we'll attempt to address that a little, by including a series of short (but well above our usual at or around FTP power!) sprints, each one timed after a short block of more conventional threshold efforts. They aim here is develop a little top end power while fatigued. We won't be winning Tour stage Sprints any time soon - but everyone likes a little extra speed, right?!
Maximal Efforts - this is one of my favourite sessions that my coach Andy Jackson from Peaks Consultancy sets. On sporting courses there is not always the opportunity to flat line your effort so being able to go over and under, or over and above is a great way to train the body not to be shocked when you ask it to go beyond what it normally does.
This session is inspired by the Club Relays, a 4-person event which has been part of the fabric of the UK Triathlon scene for almost three decades. The workout includes four sets, within each one you increase the effort from Tempo, through to Threshold and then (briefly) into VO2 Max, before a short recovery. Repeat four times - one each to represent each team member in the virtual relay
This varied set is designed to loosely reflect the course at the Glasgow 2018 European Triathlon Championships at Strathclyde Country Park. A challenging, but fair course, the route undulates throughout with a short but sharp hill on each lap. Work hard on the ups, but make sure you take the (short!) recoveries on the 'downs' from the venue which also hosted the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
After a steady warm up, 5 short, 10-second efforts to wake the legs up for the work ahead. It's then three, progressive 10-minute blocks of increasing effort. The power is not extreme - but keep the cadence low as described to build strength. And then...on the final set we STOMP THE PEDALS for ten, 40-second 'max' efforts with 20 seconds recovery!!
A progressive workout that should feel relatively comfortable for the first half but the challenge comes in holding form in the last 15 minute effort. Three 15 minute blocks of steady riding interspersed with 30 second hard efforts to simulate making a pass in a race. Work at your race cadence throughout.
A variation on 'The Gorby' this is a pyramid workout where the third effort is the hardest one. All five are above threshold so this will need plenty of focus and pacing of effort to get to the finish.
A classic Russian Steps interval session, that starts with a gentle 8 minute warm up before a block of 5 minutes at FTP. A short rest and then 3 x sets of sharp intervals at 115% FTP, as the efforts get longer, the rests get shorter. The workout then finishes with another 5 minute block at FTP before a gentle cool down. This workout will be challenging with lots of short efforts above threshold.
The purpose of this session is to push you to your VO2max ceiling before the effort drops back to FTP, keeping the intensity high will elicit gains in VO2max and therefore aerobic capacity.
The repeated 60 second 125% FTP intervals at the end of the workout are short and achievable but will push you to exhaustion. The duration of time at VO2max during the 60 minute session is around 10 minutes.
A 70 minute session with descending sets of intervals above your ftp. This is a bread and butter set for me. If you are doing it right then about three quarters of the way through the 3 minute intervals you should start feeling the finger tips pulsating, and getting a little uncomfortable in your skin. The last couple are usually very painful, but in reality that is where the workout really starts. If it doesn't hurt, then your body was likely already equipped to perform the job you are asking of it, and thus it is at that point that you are finally crossing over into an area where you don't have adequate machinery to perform the job. The big efforts at the end are mainly to ingrain in the body that we do not slow down at the end of the workout, but rather, pickup the effort.
This is a full body neuromuscular workout. The idea behind this workout is to adapt to changes in pace and to learn how to optimise speed, power and aerodynamics. 6 weeks leading into a key event would be the perfect time to look at including this workout into your weekly schedule. #smashitup
TRI247 Workout Series: An (extended!) variation on the popular 'The Gorby' session, this is a set of SIX, five-minute efforts at above FTP, alternating between 105% and 110% FTP Power. After building a solid FTP base in recent months, a challenging session which will move you nicely towards race fitness.
A 15 minute warm up including 4 x 15 second sprints and then the main set starts. This is a series of 3 x 11 minute pyramids just below, at and just over your ftp. Focus on keeping at your preferred race cadence throughout the session.
This session has Pyramid, Short and Long intervals, and we'll be working through 95% - 115% of FTP throughout. Lots of fun stuff to keep you interested for the next hour and to make sure you feel like you have taken your turn on the front. Lets go team! #togetherwerace
This is a GIANT of a session, so be prepared to hurt - a real leg burner!!! After a couple of short efforts and some sweetspot work, the real meat of the session - 3 blocks of 10x30secs on / 15secs off at 125% FTP. It's not your conventional interval session... expect to have to dig deep and suffer. The pain is worth it in the end!
The session starts with a steady warm-up and three short sets of progressive above FTP efforts to get the legs nicely prepared for the work ahead. This main set comprises of 5 sets of 6mins at around Sweetspot effort, gently increasing within each set, with the 'kick' being that each set finishes with 30 secs above FTP. Think of that as a short/sharp hill that needs to be crested and forces you out of your(relative!) comfort zone, before recovering and then getting back into your sustainable pace.
The set is a Middle Distance / 70.3 preparation session timed 11 days before The Championship in Samorin, Slovakia. It includes a mix of intervals and Big Gear Work. Longer than our normal session, the 'Decider' is this - will you hang tough and stay on for the final 12minute effort at above FTP, or is that the point at which your session ends? YOU DECIDE !!!! The session has been set by Tri Sutto coach, Rafal Medak for Chris Standidge and his Total Tri Training athletes.
This session is inspired by 'Facing the Dragon' at IRONMAN Wales! This session includes: 1) A progressive (3-part) warm up. 2) An extended sub-threshold block, including two short periods above FTP, to simulate a short hill before getting back to race pace. 3) Some short, high power surges to enhance ability to hit higher wattages on steep sections. 4) Two 'over-under' blocks to challenge your FTP level and ability to cope with variability to your pacing.