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Posted by: Kaybee | 2010-08-19

Triathlon Training

HI,

Trying to start a 12 week program to complete my first Triathlon, but all the programs are 5 -6 days a week with little but here a little but there, is there a reason for this or could i condense it into a 3 day program?

Thanks

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Hi Kristen

The reasons it's spread out is to reduce the daily stress, because doing the same total work over 5 days is relatively easier than doing it in 3 days - you're more likely to get injured training for 90 minutes, 3 days a week, than 45 minutes, 5 days a week.

So there is a risk that if you try to condense it, then each day will be too hard, and you won't recover, and ultimately either overtrain or get injured. It's possible that you won't, and perhaps if your time is limited, you can try it, but the problem is that those double days will really be difficult, and you won't have the same quality of training as you'd get on other days with less per day.

Good luck

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Posted by: fitnessdoc | 2010-08-21

Hi Kristen

The reasons it's spread out is to reduce the daily stress, because doing the same total work over 5 days is relatively easier than doing it in 3 days - you're more likely to get injured training for 90 minutes, 3 days a week, than 45 minutes, 5 days a week.

So there is a risk that if you try to condense it, then each day will be too hard, and you won't recover, and ultimately either overtrain or get injured. It's possible that you won't, and perhaps if your time is limited, you can try it, but the problem is that those double days will really be difficult, and you won't have the same quality of training as you'd get on other days with less per day.

Good luck

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