This is a sprint plan for beginners looking to finish their first race with a smile on their face.
This training plan is designed with the "First Time Finisher" in mind. If you can do the following, you should be successful following this plan. If not, don't let that discourage you, 12 weeks is ample time to get up to speed in all three disciplines.
You should be able to:
-Ride a Bike (and own one...any bike)
-Swim 25-50 yards without stopping
-Run/Walk 20 minutes (any combination)
The plan uses only precieved exertion and duration, so tools such as a heart rate monitor and power meter are not needed. After purchase of the plan, a 29 page document (also available for free at http://www.sprinttriathlontraining.org/) will guide you through the 12 week plan.
The guide includes a lot of helpful tips and insight for the new triathlete in preparing to finish their first triathlon.
Average training volume over the 12 weeks is just over 4 hours and peaks at just over 6 hours in the 10th week. Volume is lowest at the beginning and peaks in Week 10 of the plan with every 4th week scaled back for recovery.