Coronavirus Endurance Training Tips

Free expert advice, training plans, home workouts and more

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Has your event been cancelled or postponed due to COVID-19? 

Here we provide advice and resources to help you continue training for triathlon, IRONMAN, duathlon, cycling and running. Even though your event may now feel a long way off, training consistently all-year-round is the ‘golden ticket’ to successful racing.

Three key measures we're taking:

1. Free advice

We will continually share help-articles, videos and guides – to help you adjust your own training at this time (read our top FAQs below).

2. Free resources

We will provide resources for free, including Dryland Swim Plans to be used with your existing triathlon plan, Strength & Conditioning guides and simple PDF training plans.

3. Flexible training

Brand new: freely swap between all 800 of my premium plans as your situation changes, plus Premium TrainingPeaks and email coach support for one low monthly fee.

1. Free advice

In this section we’ll summarise our most frequently asked questions and keep updating it as things progress. We’ve also created a Coronavirus Training Advice page over on our MyProCoach Help Center – or you can also browse and search our entire library of over 150 training articles over there too (you don’t need one of our plans).

FAQ’s

    1. Maintain your fitness with one of our Fitness Maintenance plans. They are designed to keep you fit, with slightly less training – ideal when you have no immediate races planned.
    2. Choose a longer length of plan for a gradual build towards a race later in the year.
    3. Look for an alternative target, such as a Virtual race, a personal solo effort or an organised socially distanced event and continue to train to race as normal.

Training is one of the best things you can do. It will help you stay motivated as well keep you fit and healthy. Once normality and racing opportunities return, you will be more ready to race, than if you let training slip. It is important to keep in mind the bigger and longer-term picture of training and racing. Consistently training will boost your future performances. 

Times like these call for innovative solutions to keep you fit, healthy and motivated. Virtual racing can be performed within any environment available to you at this time. That might be around your local park, on your bike trainer or treadmill.
Whether you choose to race competitively against other virtual racers, or simply enter to stay motivated and achieve short-term personal goals. The training and racing activities you take on now, will go a long way to support your longer-term goals.
Zwift and RGT Cycling have a well-established schedule of race opportunities for cyclists, and IRONMAN has a Virtual Club where you can find virtual events. 

What should I do…

The strength and conditioning workouts in our training plans include a PDF with instructions, images and videos and shows you how to perform the exercises at home with minimal equipment. 

Our plans have two or three scheduled swim workouts each week. You can replace these with dryland swim strength, run or bike workouts. Aim to select the discipline to bring you the most gains according to your own abilities. Swapped workouts should not impact how well you carry out your planned workouts. If unsure, please get in touch with our coaching team.

  • Take your swim sabbatical as an opportunity to build overall strength as well as focus on swim specific exercises and core strength: check out our full Swim Strength exercise guide with videos.
  • You can also check these videos from Global Triathlon Network; Strength Workouts and Dryland Band and Swim Cord Workouts.
  • Consider our Indoor Triathlon Plans (see ‘Flexible Training’ below).
  • Improve your running and bike fitness by adding one or two sessions each week.

You can follow your bike sessions on an indoor trainer. Our workouts export easily to software such as Zwift and Garmin, for you to follow your workouts on-screen. 

If you don’t have an indoor trainer, then replace your bike workouts with home strength workouts – and occasional easy-intensity, short runs (to avoid injury). Choose exercises from your Strength and Conditioning PDF that focus on muscle groups key for riding.

Also check this video from Global Triathlon Network for more on this: Strength for Cyclists.

If running outdoors becomes restricted and you don’t have a treadmill, replace your run workouts with cycling workouts (of a similar type) – or strength and conditioning workouts. Choose exercises from your Strength and Conditioning PDF that focus on muscle groups that are key for running.

You can also check these videos from Global Triathlon Network for more on this: Strength for Running and Six Exercises to Run Faster.
When you can re-commence run training, you may need to scale back the volumes and intensities. Aim to gradually progress these by about 8 to 12% each week until you can realign with your plan.

If you’re using a TrainingPeaks plan, most can be used multiple times for free (including ours). You can realign your plan in your calendar to be in peak shape for your new race date. Here is how to do that:

  • In the Calendar view within TrainingPeaks, you will see a Training Plan Library tab on the left with a logo that looks like a book or file.
  • Click on this, and you will see a list of any training plans you have bought.
  • Remove your training plan that you applied (you won’t lose completed workouts).
  • You can then re-apply choosing to end on the nearest Sunday to your new race date.
  • Once you have done this, you will be able to see all your workouts.
  • Double-check the plan aligns correctly with your race date.

Take the opportunity to work on specific areas to make fitness gains. You may find it helpful to add in some coached swim sessions, take some long rides to improve endurance fitness, head to the track or hit the gym to boost strength. 

Learn more in our help centre: Coronavirus – How to Adjust Your Plan for Cancelled/Postponed races

When restrictions are lifted, you may have had a break from one or more of your disciplines. To recommence training, you will need to scale back to avoid injury. Gradually progress volumes and intensities by about 8 to 12% each week until you can realign with your plan. Don’t rush back and put yourself at risk of injury, it’s just not worth it.

2. Free resources

Free 8- and 12-Week Training Plans (PDFs)

Available for triathlon and running, these basic plans are designed to get you in peak shape for a target event. They will help you stay on track, with a simple, short-term focus, while life feels uncertain and compromised. Just click the “Free Download” button on the following training plan pages:

Free Dryland Swim Plans for use with Phil’s Triathlon plans

These TrainingPeaks plans can be used in conjunction with your current triathlon plan. They feature 2 or 3 dryland swim workouts per week, designed to replace your scheduled pool and/or open water swims.

Dryland Swim Plans for use with Phil’s Triathlon Plans.

Free Plan Swaps

Many races have been cancelled or postponed, and your racing schedule has probably changed. If you purchased one of our plans between December 1st 2020 and April 4th 2021, we are offering you the chance to switch your plan to a longer length or different type (offer extends to until May 15th 2021). If your new plan is the same price or less, we do this for free, if it costs more, you just pay any difference.

If you bought your plan after these dates, you can still swap it for free within the first 14-days after purchase. Get in touch with our coaching team with the details of the new plan required, we will be happy to help.

Free Fitness Maintenance Plans (to use on TrainingPeaks)

If you purchased a MyProCoach plan between December 1st 2020 and April 4th 2021, we are offering you a free 4 or 8-week Fitness Maintenance plan (until May 15th 2021). Please get in touch for your 100% discount code.

3. Flexible training

NEW: MyProCoach™ UNLIMITED Athlete

We have created a new, more flexible service called MyProCoach™ UNLIMITED AthleteYou can swap between all 800+ MyProCoach plans, choose to include TrainingPeaks Premium and benefit from ongoing email coach support.

  • Swap plans at any time: Is your event cancelled or postponed? Finding your plan too hard or too easy? Signed up for a different event? Or simply want to start fresh? We’ll happily swap your plan whenever you want.
  • Certified Coach support: On top of full help-centre & FAQ support (with videos), our coaches will quickly reply to any training questions via email or Facebook messenger.
  • From $3.93 per week: Please contact us if you purchased a plan via TrainingPeaks store between 1st December 2020 and 4th April 2021 for a 20% discount code (valid until 15th May 2021).
  • Learn more here >>

Fitness Maintenance Plans on TrainingPeaks

These plans (up to 24 weeks) were designed for end-of-season recovery and fitness maintenance. But they are also ideal for maintaining your fitness when life throws you a curveball. They’re hosted on the TrainingPeaks platform, which means you’ll benefit from workouts you can export to your devices and follow on-screen.

Indoor Triathlon Plans

We have designed two training plans designed specifically with indoor-training options and tips so that you can maintain your training. These plans are also featured on the TrainingPeaks plan store homepage.

Good luck and stay healthy
Phil Mosley (Coach & Founder)
Phil Mosley (Coach & Founder)

Phil is a recognised expert in the field, having featured on many endurance sports publications. He founded MyProCoach in 2010 to sell premium training plans complete with email coach support for triathlons, duathlons, running & cycling.

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