Our training changes throughout the year to help you work on different aspects of your fitness at different times in the year and help you reach race season in peak condition — this approach is known as periodisation. There are regular fitness tests throughout the year in each discipline to monitor how you’re progressing and to help set training intensities that are specific to you. Our coaches plan the year according to the races and events that are important to our members — see which races we’re targeting here.

We start 2016 by continuing with base training started at the end of 2015 to improve aerobic fitness. From mid-March we move into the ‘build’ phase which will begin working on building speed endurance with slightly higher intensity work but also slightly more recovery time than in the base phase. These lead into our first races of the season and the sessions in those weeks are designed to accommodate athletes even if they choose to race on both weekends.

During the summer race season from May to September, we cycle through several 2-3 week builds with taper and recovery periods before and after races and our Club Camp falls in the middle of one of the longer build periods.

As we roll into autumn we’ll focus more on the demands of racing duathlon in the lead up to the Jeckyll & Hyde Duathlon, which is the last race of the season.

Our main club races are highlighted in the plan below and you can see how our plan flows through the year. Have questions? The best way to find out more is to come along to one of our sessions and chat to our coaches!