Choosing the correct level of plan is crucial for optimising your training time, ability, and race performance.
We provide athletes with three different training levels, each tailored to their specific stage of training. To determine the appropriate level for you, consider the following factors.
Have you raced your chosen race distance (or further) previously?
None: Consider a Beginner plan - unless you have a few years of relevant training in the bank.
1-2 times: Choose the level according to your previous results/ranking, current fitness, race goals, length of plan needed and training time you have available each week.
3+ times: Optimise your performance with an Intermediate or Advanced plan. Choose according to your previous results/ranking, race goals, current fitness, length of plan needed and training time available.
Progression (current fitness and length of plan)
A key factor for effective training is to gradually advance your workouts while also improving your overall fitness level. Consider your current fitness and how long you have until your race. Then choose the plan that matches your fitness and fills the gap between now and your 'A' race.
If choosing a short-duration plan, you may need to choose a level lower than your experience warrants - particularly if you are returning to training after a sabbatical.
Safely progressing fitness with consistent training is better than having gaps caused by doing too much too soon, leading to niggles, injuries, or fatigue.
Beginner - to finish.
Intermediate/Advanced - mid-pack finish or good Age-Group position.
Advanced - competitive in Age Group, high ranking or seeking qualification.
Training Time Available
Beginner plans have the least hours, followed by Intermediate, with the Advanced plans demanding the most training time. You are better off choosing a plan that fits with your schedule and enables you to nail all the sessions rather than doing parts of a plan that demands too much of your time.
- Lowest volume plan to achieve completion of your chosen race distance.
- The highest volume of recovery allows you to adapt gradually to new training demands.
- The lowest volume of high-intensity training is needed, to complete your event.
- Minimal workout frequency.
- Medium volume plan to make the most of the time you have available for training.
- Sufficient recovery to allow you to adapt to training demands and optimise each session.
- Mid-volume high-intensity training is needed, to improve performance at your event.
- Medium workout frequency to make the most of your training opportunities.
- Highest volume plan to prioritise training and performance.
- Sufficient recovery, allowing you to adapt to training demands and get the most out of every session.
- The highest volume of high-intensity training is needed, to challenge your thresholds and optimise performance at your event.
- Highest workout frequency to capitalise on your experience and fitness, allowing you to maximise potential.
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