Are you looking to qualify for the Duathlon World Championships? Or looking to complete your first race?. Here are several duathlon training plans to help you get there:
Duathlon Training Plans
Advanced 5k/20k/2.5k plan
Beginner 5k/30k/5k plan
Intermediate 5k/30k/5k plan
Beginner 10k/60k/10k plan
Intermediate 10k/60k/10k plan
15k/80k/7.5k Gold Medal Plan
10 week base building plan.
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Each plan includes detailed instructions for daily workouts. Workouts can be performed based on perceived effort, heart rate, or using a power meter. Each plan includes a guide to intensity for each of the three measures, as well as testing that can be done to set your heart rate zones.
Training for your first race can be a challenge, especially if your background is from a single sport such as running or cycling. These plans are designed to take the guesswork out of your training and give you a proven plan that works and gets you to the starting line with confidence. They work much better than following a triathlon plan minus the swimming. Those plans are designed for a triathlete and they don’t take into account the more specific and challenging requirements of a duathlon.
These plans were written by Eric Schwartz. Eric was the 2004 US Duathlon National Champion and his athletes have qualified for the World Championships every year since 2000 and many have won medals. Eric raced at the World Championships in Cancun 1995, Spain 1997 (25-29 gold medalist), Germany 1998, and as a pro in Charlotte 1999, South Africa 2000, Austria and Atlanta 2002, Switzerland 2003, and Australia 2005.
Eric has been coaching since 2000. He was part of Joe Friel’s Ultrafit coaching group and his articles have appeared in Inside Triathlon, Triathlete Magainze, American Tri, and other publications. Eric also wrote the duathlon material for the USA Triathlon Coaching Certification course.