Mark Allen Coaching
Sprint / Olympic
At Mark Allen Coaching we don't believe in prescription coaching plans. We present you with options. If you find that maybe you were a little ambitious in your choice of programs, take a step back. If you think you want to put in a little more work, then move up.
We try to give you an accurate description of each of our programs, and let you make the choices. There is even some adaptability built into each program so it flexes a little to meet the demands of your life.
I personally loved racing the Olympic distance. It was focused and to the point. The races were done relatively quickly, which left the whole rest of the day to celebrate with family and friends. And the training to get ready was also like that...short and sweet. But the experience of putting together a great Olympic distance triathlon was just as satisfying as having a solid performance at a 70.3 or full Ironman.
Each plan comes with 3 levels to choose from.
Sprint/Olympic Level One
This level is how I started out in triathlons. It got me used to training for three sports. It was also my go-to training later on when time got short and I needed to hone in on the essentials.
The Sprint/Olympic Level One training plans are our most efficient training program, but still has all the necessities to cross the finish line with a smile on your face. It’s ideal for anyone just starting out in triathlons. It’s also perfect if you have a limited amount of time to devote to working out. Included are two workouts in each sport per week (an endurance session and a shorter faster session) plus two strength sessions for a total of 8 workouts weekly.
Recommended Experience: It is good to be able to swim at least 500 yards or meters without stopping, ride at least 30-minutes and run at least 20-minutes. With that as a starting point you can easily build up to completing a sprint or Olympic distance race with this program.
Sprint/Olympic Level Two
I used the Sprint/Olympic Level Two to step up my training once I had adapted to being a triathlete. In addition to the core endurance and speed sessions all of our training plans have, it provides an additional weekly medium distance workout in each sport. This gives huge gains in your overall endurance and stamina.
While Level Two is a step up in both training and eventual results, it is still mindful of life beyond triathlons and the need for recovery. This is our most popular option as most find it the perfect blend of reaching goals while still maintaining life balance.
Recommended Experience: It is advised to have trained for and completed at least one sprint or Olympic distance triathlon prior to using a Sprint/Olympic Level Two training plan. The added medium length session in each sport weekly is one that is best absorbed by someone who already had done some triathlon training before.
Sprint/Olympic Level Three
The Sprint/Olympic Level Three is our gold standard guidance for those who want to go to their optimal level. It is designed for people with solid experience in the sport that have worked the kinks out in terms of blending training and life.
Moving to Level Three in my training solidified my focus to become good at short distance triathlons. It includes all the sessions of Level Two plus an additional shorter recovery workout in each sport weekly. This simple addition builds consistency in workouts that helps finesse your overall capabilities.
Recommended Experience: It is highly recommended that you have already completed a Sprint/Olympic Level Two training program before building into a Level Three schedule. Managing 4 workouts/week in each sport plus two strength sessions takes some experience.