As the title says, 1 swim, 1 run, 1 bike is my current training schedule. It can’t change due to work & family life. I can get to the pool Tuesday nights (1 hour), I can get out Thursday mornings for a run (2 hours) and I can get a cycle Saturday mornings (3 hours) with a brick afterwards (30 minutes).
I started triathlon 3 years ago and before that cycled for 5 years so I have a decent level of base fitness.
This training schedule is around 5 and half hours a week but flies in the face of 80/20 rules where in the book it’s called out loud and clear that you have to do each sport twice a week to see improvements.
Unsurprisingly a lot of the work I do falls into ZX, fairly sure I’m your classic moderate intensity rut athlete.
So my question is, should I apply 80/20 training to what I am doing? I’ve had a go at creating workouts that are 80/20 that fit my schedule. Cruise intervals for example:
I think you’ll get slightly better results from doing one workout each week that is really focused on moderate/high intensity, another workout with just a dusting of work at moderate/high intensity, and a third workout that is done entirely at low intensity. Obviously, in this scenario you’d want to rotate from week to week, so that each discipline gets its turn to be emphasized. You’ll get a little further within your existing constraints by making one workout per week a real ball-buster.