I followed a training program up until my first tri on Memorial day. Since then I’ve been mixing things up as I felt appropriate. A little speed work, some hills, long stuff, threshold etc. No periodization at all just pretty much trying to increase the volume. Now that I’m following Matt Fitzgerald’s Olympic program level 7, I have some questions:
- Prior to following this program my swims averaged about 3000 yds and were pretty intense (10 x 200 etc). Now the training program has me averaging about 2500 yds per swim. Should I stick with the lower volume, or adjust the workouts to what I’m used to???
- My long term goal isn’t to compete in sprints or even olympic tris, so even though that is what I’m focusing on now as I build to half and ironman fitness, should I be following plans designed for longer distances? Some people have warned me that doing so would mean a sacrifice of speed work, which would mean slower sprints and olys and others have told me that training for 70.3 when all I plan on doing is an Olympic would just leave me better prepared for the Oly.
- Lastly, as a relative newbie, how much free range should I be exercising in adjusting my training plan. I went for a 70 mile bike ride yesterday and no Olympic plan that I’ve seen calls for such distance. Was I hurting myself by doing it?
I’d really love your thoughts here, regardless of you level of expertise. I rely on you guys so much more than you know. So many of you have been an inspiration to me and I know how much knowledge is out there and truly appreciate your help sorting it all out.
To what extent do you adjust your training plans?