8-week Sprint Distance Triathlon Training Plan for Beginners and First-Timers

What holds most beginners back is lack of training structure and lack of accountability. This plan gives you both, to easily see you through your next (or first!) Sprint Distance race.

 1 hour 11 minutes for my first sprint triathlon!

My training was haphazard before starting to use the Beginner Sprint distance plan. I didn't know what to focus on or how to structure my week, although I almost did not buy the plan since I was arrogantly thinking I should know better and should know how to structure training myself. With the plan, I found I was much more consistent and had much more structure, and ended up doing 1 hour 11 minutes total time for my first sprint triathlon, beating my target time of 1 hour 15 minutes.

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David Boyle 30, Ireland

QUICK SUMMARY - THIS PLAN AT A GLANCE

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WEEKLY HOURS
6
WEEKLY WORKOUTS
32%
SWIMMING
41%
CYCLING
27%
RUNNING
WEEK 1 - 3:15
WEEK 2 - 4:00
WEEK 3 - 4:30
WEEK 4 - 3:15
WEEK 5 - 4:45
WEEK 6 - 5:15
WEEK 7 - 3:45
WEEK 8 - 3:00

Get motivated and accountable!

Time-efficient training for busy professionals.

Structured and purposeful training and progression.

Less guesswork and more proven results!

Unique benefits of this plan (that few, if any, other plans have):

  • Workouts categorised as A, B, and C sessions to help you decide which workout to skip if life gets in the way.

  • In addition to tips for the actual workouts, the plan contains tips on what your focus points should be on a weekly level, what the purpose of each week is, and tips on planning your race, how to stay healthy and injury-free, and more. 
  • Plenty of links and additional resources. Not sure how to sight in open water swimming? No problem, this plan links to the best instructional video on the topic, and the same goes for other topics like foam-rolling, etc.
  • Insanely affordable: Just 29€ - around about 0.50€ per day 
  • Risk-free investment - get all your money back if you're not completely happy with the plan

This is a completely risk-free investment. If you are not 100% happy with this training plan, just email me and you'll get a complete refund of your purchase. 

SAMPLE WORKOUTS - CLICK TO SEE EXAMPLES FROM THE PLAN

How to set your individual training zones

Run Time Trial - Establish Training Zones

Swim - Foundational / Technical

Bike - Hill Repeats

Brick - Bike + Run Endurance

Run - Endurance Run

FIRST TRIATHLON / BEGINNER 8-WEEK PLAN

Price: 29€

  • Based on any combination of pace, heart rate and rating of perceived exertion (RPE). You get all the options and can choose what works best for you!
  • Average weekly training time: 4 hours
  • Duration: 8 weeks
  • Satisfaction guarantee (get all your money back if you're not happy)

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COMPLETE YOUR FIRST SPRINT TRIATHLON...

If you are a complete beginner to triathlon and planning to do your first sprint distance triathlon, you're in the right place.


You need a plan. With three sports to balance and having to build both endurance and technique, without overdoing it and getting injured, the odds are not in favour of athletes who take a random approach to training, or try to create a plan themselves without having the adequate expertise. 


This beginner sprint triathlon training plan will help you easily complete your first sprint triathlon in just 8 weeks by: 

  • Guiding you through the exact progression of training volume and intensity that will keep you healthy and injury-free, while building your endurance from the base up, and not on a foundation of quicksand as tends to happen for most beginners.

  • Help you understand the purpose of each workout, week, and phase of training, to make sure you execute the training in the right way.

  • Having a plan helps hold you accountable which makes you train consistently. Consistency in training is by far the number one factor that will determine how you do in your race.


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...OR GO FASTER THAN YOU DID IN YOUR LAST

If you have already completed your first triathlon but feel that you are a beginner triathlete (as opposed to an intermediate or advanced level triathlete), then this plan will help you go faster than you have previously, and help you get towards that next, intermediate level. 


It really isn't very difficult to get to a level where you can at least finish your races in the middle of the pack. But, it does require avoiding a few key mistakes that 80% of beginner triathletes seem to make. 


  • Not having a periodised and progressive training approach with base training, a build phase, and a peak phase.

  • Not having consistency in training. The majority of beginner triathletes who lack consistency also lack another important thing: a training program. It's not rocket science to realise that having a training plan gives you a level of accountability that makes you consistent in training, which is the number one factor in triathlon improvement, whether it's about going from beginner to intermediate, or from a kid starting out to an Olympic gold medal.

  • Not knowing how to add intensity to your workouts. In addition to consistency, intensity also plays a major part in your triathlon development. This is an area where a lot of athletes tend to get things wrong, either doing too little intensity, too much, or getting it wrong on the workout level with an inappropriate "dose" of intensity in those quality workouts.  This plan takes the guesswork out of intensity with a proven progression that is manageable, but challenging enough to see some serious fitness gains that just plodding along or doing random intervals here and there can't give you.

PRICING

This translates to ~0.50€ per day. That's a remarkable price for a proven step-by-step plan to success, and for having to fumble in the dark with your training any longer.

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This is a completely risk-free investment. If you are not 100% happy with this training plan, just email me and you'll get a complete refund of your purchase. 

QUICK INFORMATION SHEET ABOUT THIS PLAN

  • Based on any combination of pace, heart rate and rating of perceived exertion (RPE). You get all the options and can choose what works best for you!
  • Average weekly training time: 4 hours
  • Duration: 8 weeks
  • 110-page pdf-document. But don't worry - it's not as bad as it sounds, you'll see. I just want to show you that this is one of those plans that's had a lot of time and effort invested into it, all for the purpose of having you achieve your triathlon goals.
  • Satisfaction guarantee (get all your money back if you're not happy)

REASONS TO GET THIS PLAN

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    It's super easy to follow. Everything is explained at a level that anybody can understand. Unfortunately, many other plans available require a degree in exercise physiology to understand.
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    You can trust this plan. It won't leave you hanging wondering what in the world you're really supposed to do. And it's not a bunch of random workouts thrown together to make a quick buck.
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    I don't leave you with just a list of workouts. Not even with just a smart, progressive training program. Accompanying the program and workouts are plenty of tips and education to not just have you mindlessly follow instructions, but really understand the purpose of your training so you can get the most out of it. 
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    Life can get in the way. The workouts in this plan are categorised as A, B and C workouts so you know what you absolutely can't miss, and what you maybe can miss in a pinch.
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    Satisfaction guaranteed - if you're not happy with your plan you get your money back! 

My training plans aren't your typical run-of-the-mill plans. I have gone to great  lengths to ensure not only that these plans are progressing at an appropriate rate and have enough recovery built in (both of which are elements I've found to be missing in many other plans). But I've also made sure to within the plans teach you exactly how to get the most out of them.


Which sessions are the key sessions of this week? What's the purpose of this training phase? What do I do if I can't do the open-water swim in the schedule and have to do a pool swim instead?


These are the types of questions that this plan will answer for you. When you buy this plan you do not get just a calendar with random workouts. The plan is a massive PDF-document that is well structured so you can just quickly look at your plan overview, or dig into today's workout details, or check the general information and advice quickly and easily.


Best of all, your satisfaction is guaranteed. If you're not happy with the plan, I'll give you your money back. This makes the plan a completely risk-free investment for you. You have absolutely nothing to lose!

This is a completely risk-free investment. If you are not 100% happy with this training plan, just email me and you'll get a complete refund of your purchase. 

PRICING

This translates to ~0.50€ per day. That's a remarkable price for a proven step-by-step plan to success, and for having to fumble in the dark with your training any longer.

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TESTIMONIALS

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 1 hour 11 minutes for my first sprint triathlon!

My training was haphazard before starting to use the Beginner Sprint distance plan. I didn't know what to focus on or how to structure my week, although I almost did not buy the plan since I was arrogantly thinking I should know better and should know how to structure training myself. With the plan, I found I was much more consistent and had much more structure, and ended up doing 1 hour 11 minutes total time for my first sprint triathlon, beating my target time of 1 hour 15 minutes.

David Boyle - 30, Ireland

Made my training much more efficient!

With this training plan, my training changed to be more systematic. Each session has a clear target for what you're trying to achieve - not just "going for a run".

I haven't previously trained using training zones, and this made the training much more efficient. I've improved my run pace nicely (and it was my strongest discipline before) and really improved my cycling.

Finally, having this plan makes it harder to skip workouts, so it helps you stay consistent. If you're considering purchasing it, just go for it! It helps immensely.

Kristian Nikinmaa - 33, United Kingdom

A personal plan based on my own pace/heart rate

Since starting the 8-week Beginner Olympic Distance plan I am injury-free and pain-free and feel like this plan is a personal plan based on my own pace/heart rate. There is no guess-work. You know what you have to do and the only thing you have to do is stay disciplined.

I also went from being stuck around 210 lbs for the longest time in my life to dropping down to 200 lbs, my blood pressure improved and I feel amazing!

Jeff Mattas - United States

I went from being stuck around 210 lbs for the longest time in my life to dropping down to 200 lbs after completing the 8-week Beginner Olympic Distance plan. My blood pressure improved and I feel amazing!

Before I started this plan I found some online 8-week program geared towards getting you ready for a triathlon. The problem that I found out was the fast free online plans are too generic. There is not enough direction on the pace you need to be pushing yourself.

Since starting this program I am injury-free and pain-free and feel like this plan is a personal plan based on my own pace/heart rate. There is no guess-work. You know what you have to do and the only thing you have to do is stay disciplined.

I have only good things to say about the plan so it gets a big old 5 stars out of 5 from me.

Jeff Mattas - United States

Significant time improvements in races, and swim went from mediocre to good!

Before getting started with Mikael's training plans, my training was all at the same pace and I didn't see any progress. I also found it difficult to stay motivated. But with his help, my program transformed and I really started progressing. My Olympic distance times improved significantly, and my swim went from mediocre to good. I highly recommend making this investment. It will transform your training and triathlon progress.

Philippe DUME - 45, France

I got consistent with my training and trained with purpose

I got structure to my training program and more variety in my training. This allowed me to stay consistent and train with purpose. I highly recommend signing up so you can train to train with structure and purpose towards your goals.

Hanna-Mari Hautamäki - 29, Finland

One of the best training plans I´ve ever purchased!

The progression of the plan was very good. I felt lot stronger after the training and I also liked that the Training Peaks version of the plan has the Structured Workouts feature so they can be easily downloaded to Garmin devices. I sincerely think that it has been one of the best training plans I´ve ever purchased. Worth every penny!

Victor Campos Vallejo - 31, Mexico

Kept me organised and focused!

Your plan kept me very organized and focused through the 12 weeks. It was a good fit for my level. Not too easy, with too short training distances like so many other training plans I looked at, but not so daunting as some of the 12-15 hrs/week plans.

I have another race coming up, so I plan to restart the plan next week to prep for it. I would highly recommend it, 9 out of 10.

Christina Meyer - 47, United States

15 s/km faster 5k time, 15 s/100m faster swim, and my best sprint triathlon time - 1:07!

I think there's no better way to improve than having a well-balanced plan. This training plan gave more structure to my training and introduced me to new types of workouts. And the results were fantastic! I got a 15 s/km faster 5k time, 15 s/100m faster swim, and my best sprint triathlon time - 1:07! Ten out of ten!

Guillaume Laurier - 34, Canada

Also available on Training Peaks

If you are a Training Peaks user, you can also get this training plan on Training Peaks and apply it directly to your athlete account in Training Peaks. 


The Training Peaks plan already contains all of the information that is in the PDF-version of the plan (that you can buy from this page). 


Normally, the Training Peaks plan costs $49. But since you are a here, you can use the coupon code "SCIENTIFICTRIATHLON011" and get a 20% discount on the Training Peaks version of the plan. Not only that, if you then email me your Training Peaks receipt, I'll send you the pdf-version of the plan at no extra cost! 


So if you are a Training Peaks user or have considered becoming one, this deal is a no-brainer. 

Don't forget to apply the coupon code "SCIENTIFICTRIATHLON011" at checkout.

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