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Answers to FAQs About Training Plans and Consulting
Please see below for answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about our training plans and consulting services.
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Training Plan FAQ
What is the best training plan for me?
We created a variety of triathlon and run training plans with plan variations to meet the different needs of our clients including: IRONMAN Triathlon®, IRONMAN 70.3 Triathlon®, International & Sprint Triathlon and Running Races from 5k to marathon.
Our NOVICE training plans start out at less weekly training volume and have fewer and shorter intervals than the EXPERIENCED athlete training plans. If this is your first race a this distance, you may want to consider this plan.
Our EXPERIENCED athlete training plans are for the experienced athlete who is looking to improve his or her time.
As a woman, you may want to consider one of our training plans for WOMEN which were designed by Krista Schultz, MEd, CSCS.
For the 40+ year old athlete, we also offer MASTERS athlete training plans that are designed to be challenging for the experienced athlete.
For the 55+ year old athlete, we offer SENIOR athlete training plans that include a recovery (easier) week every other week. You also have the option of choosing one or two days off per week.
Designed for time-limited triathletes, our new MINIMALIST training plans prepare you for your IRONMAN 70.3 or IRONMAN race with less training.
What if a plan is not available for my race?
If a race-specific plan is not available, we have plans for AQUABIKE, EXPERIENCED, MASTERS (40+), NOVICE and WOMEN athletes that can be set to start or end on any race date. All of our plans are reusable for future races, too.
What are the minimal fitness requirements for following a plan?
The minimum stated physical requirements will very by race distance, plan duration and athlete level. Each plan will specify the minimal physical requirements in the plan’s description on TrainingPeaks.
We recommend that you consult with your physician prior to starting any exercise program.
What if I need a training plan longer than 24 weeks?
We set the maximum length of our training plans at 24 weeks (6 months) because we feel that this is an ideal build up period for a single event.
However, because many athletes have a training and racing season longer than 6 months, we’ve designed our training plans to be bundled together. Please contact us to help you bundle our training plans so you can best meet your goals.
What if I have a full time job or other commitments - will a training plan still work?
Yes, we recognize that you will have other commitments outside of your training and that you’re going to miss some of the workouts. We provide guidance in our accompanying training plan guide for what you should do when you miss a workout. As a rule of thumb, if you can complete 70-85% of the given workouts per week, then you’ll be successful.
How do I print out a hard copy of my training plan?
You can print out specific blocks of weeks of your online training plan from within TrainingPeaks by selecting the “Print” option for your browser window when your training plan calendar is open in TrainingPeaks.
To print out more calendar weeks at one time, compact the weeks on your screen by clicking on the 3 small horizontal bars on upper right side of calendar then selecting “Compact View.”
Scroll forward in the plan to print out later training weeks. Many browsers including Safari and Firefox will allow you option to save the training weeks in .pdf format from the print preview window.
Can I upload my Garmin, power meter or heart rate monitor workout data?
Yes, TrainingPeaks is compatible with most devices (VIEW list of devices) and will allow you to upload your performance data to be viewed in charts and analyzed.
What if I need to move workouts around in my training plan?
TrainingPeaks will allow you to “drag and drop” workouts if you have a paid Premium TrainingPeaks membership. Unfortunately, if you only have a free Basic TrainingPeaks membership, you won’t be able to “drag and drop” workouts but a workaround is to print out a hard copy of your plan then make notations of any changes on the print out.
Are your training plans appropriate for both men and women?
Absolutely! We recognize there are physiological differences between men and women but the workouts are designed to work for either gender and will be adapted to your unique fitness and physiology using your unique training zones that are determined from the field tests in each training plan.
We also do offer the option for women-specific plans designed by Krista Schultz, MEd, CSCS (founder of She Does Tri) if you would prefer to interact with a female coach.
How do I modify my training plan for shorter events leading up to my goal event?
We created taper and recovery guidelines that you can use to modify your training plan for taper and recovery weeks for your other events.
Where can I find the TrainingPeaks mobile app?
You can find information about the TrainingPeaks mobile as well as links to download it for your mobile device HERE.
How do I set my training zones to determine how hard I should exercise?
We created field tests that you can use to determine and set your training zones for your swim, bike and run workouts.
Where can I find examples of the swim drills in my training plan?
You can find videos of all the swim drills plus other training tools in the online resources section of our website.
Does it matter what I order I do my workouts in?
If you have more than one workout scheduled in your training plan, it does not matter which order you do the workouts in. You can also separate them into different parts of the day if that makes more sense for your schedule.
The one exception is triathlon BRICK workouts (bike immediately followed by run workout). The run should start within 5 minutes of finishing the bike in order to simulate a bike to run transition in a triathlon.
How do I export my workout files in a training plan with exportable workouts?
The TrainingPeaks Workout Builder allows athletes and coaches to quickly and easily create structured workouts based on distance or duration and intensity using power, heart rate, pace, or perceived exertion. These workouts can be exported to be used on some devices and indoor trainer applications and sync to newer Garmin Devices and Wahoo ELEMNT.
What is your relationship with TrainingPeaks?
We are a separate business entity from TrainingPeaks. Along with many other coaches, we use the Training Peaks online platform to coach our clients as well as to create and sell our online triathlon and run training plans. We chose TrainingPeaks because of the tools they have available to help our clients be successful when using our plans, plus they are headquartered about 5 miles from where we live so we’ve had a chance to meet with key staff in person. We continue to use them because of their outstanding customer service.
How can a consultation help me?
We draw on a wealth of experience as exercise physiologists, elite athletes and certified coaches and fitness experts to help you solve your challenges and develop plans and strategies to improve performance.
Your coach will use your questionnaire as a starting point to help you get to your key challenges and develop a plan to move forward.
Our ultimate goal in working with our clients is to help you achieve:
- Clarity around your goals, expectations and planning for endurance sports
- Better understanding of your sport and yourself in your sport
- Ultimately, success as defined by YOU!
What do you specialize in?
We help endurance athletes and individuals of all levels and abilities in many different ways. We have helped clients with their specific challenges and questions such as:
- Starting up a new triathlon or run race in your community.
- Developing a race day nutrition plan for an IRONMAN® triathlon.
- How to eat properly each day for optimal nutrition, fueling and recovery.
- Developing a training schedule for a Half IRONMAN® triathlon.
- Developing a race week strategy and timeline including a detailed plan for race day.
- Planning a triathlon season including which race distances to do and when to optimally do them.
- Creating a training plan that incorporates guidelines for adjusting the plan to a changing schedule.
- Developing a list of drills and key workouts for swim, bike, run and strength.
- Buying a triathlon bike. What kind of bike and which components to buy? How much to spend?
How do we communicate with each other?
It’s entirely up to you. We can communicate via phone, email or Skype.
Do we need to schedule our time together?
You will need to contact your coach in advance via email or phone to schedule an appointment.
Otherwise, you are welcome to just email or call your coach if you’ve already paid in advance. He or she will get back to you with answers and recommendations as quickly as possible.
Can I send my coach my training plan to evaluate or ask my coach to write a training plan for me?
Absolutely. Many clients value our ability to craft training plans from scratch that puts them on the path to success. We don’t just give you a “cookie cutter” schedule. We add our own experiences, observations and wisdom to customize a plan to your unique abilities, experiences, constraints and goals.
How long does it take my coach to get back to me?
If your request can be handled within 2 business days, it will be. If the scope of the work you have submitted is more complex and will take longer than 2 hours of on-the-clock time, your coach will email an estimate of the time it will take to complete your request for your approval before proceeding.
How much lead-time does my coach need to prepare for an appointment?
Please submit your questions and material at least 48 hours in advance of a scheduled appointment to ensure that your coach will have enough time to apply his experience and wisdom to your questions and prepare appropriate recommendations to ensure that you make the most of your time together.
Can I obtain more time with my coach if needed?
Absolutely. You are welcome to purchase more consulting hours at any time.