Choose this plan if you’re up to doing three workouts per week in each discipline, but wish to stay close to the minimum amount of training that such a schedule entails.
The Level 5 sprint triathlon training plan is appropriate for triathletes who already have a decent base of swim, bike, and run fitness and want to not just finish a sprint triathlon, but finish well. It includes 3 swim workouts, 3 rides, and 3 runs in a typical week. There’s a fourth run in the even-numbered weeks, which include either a 10-minute transition run following Saturday’s foundation ride or a brick workout instead of Saturday’s ride (weeks 8 and 19).
The base phase lasts from Week 1 through Week 4; the build phase from Week 5 through Week 8; and the peak phase from Week 9 through Week 12. Weeks 4 and 8 are recovery weeks. Week 12 is a taper week.
The plan begins with a total of 4,300 yards of swimming, 2 hours and 30 minutes of cycling, and 1 hour and 43 minutes of running in Week 1. It peaks with a total of 5,500 yards of swimming, 4 hours and 20 minutes of cycling, and 2 hours and 32 minutes of running in Week 11.