Training Phases

Training Phases

Annual Calendar

The club’s annual training schedule is as follows:

  • Base Phase 1 Training (7 weeks):
    Starts in week 3 of October and ends in week 1 of December
  • Base Phase 2 Training (7 weeks):
    Starts in week 2 of December and ends in week 4 of January
  • Build Phase 1 (8 weeks):
    Starts on week 1 of February and ends in week 4 of March
  • Build Phase 2 (8 weeks):
    Starts in week 1 of April and ends in week 4 of May
  • Triathlon season (12 weeks):
    Starts in week 1 of June and ends in week 4 of August
  • Rest Period (6 weeks):
    Starts in week 1 of September and ends in week 2 of October

As a club we are focus on racing triathlon for 3 months in the summer and do not race during the winter or spring as it can disrupt training patterns. We like to build a large base, then build in some speed, and then enter events.

Training approach

Fitness and skills development is central to triathlon success and over the last number of years the club has endeavored to be at the cutting edge in developing its members.

We use a periodised approach to training which means that members build their fitness gradually in small adaptations week by week. When this is done on a consistent basis members will reach high level of fitness in a safe manner avoiding the flus, colds and overuse injuries associated with overtraining. We focus on slow consistent training at levels that are specific your current ability.

After 1 year of testing this approach with new coaches we are now confident of the results, our club national ranking jumped from 62nd last year into the top 10 this year! We also tripled the amount of national prizes taken home by individuals. We are also in line for 4 members to potentially win national age group prizes, which we have never achieved before.

Over the season we hold skills development workshops in the form of:

  • Swim video analysis
  • Open water swim
  • Cycling and TT
  • Run skills
  • Transition skills and practice
  • Stretching, strength and conditioning
  • Nutrition advice
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