Training Plan FAQ

Training Plans by Eric Schwartz

1. When I click the green “Buy” button I go to a page that asks about a Training Peaks account. 

If you don’t have a TrainingPeaks account, take a minute and sign up for a free account. After you set up your account and purchase the plan there are no additional fees (unless you check the box to get a Premium Edition account).  The purchased plan will show up in your account.

If you already have a Training Peaks account, log in to the account from that page and you can purchase the plan.  Once you purchase the plan it will show up in your Training Peaks account.  

2. Can I use the plan more than once?  

Yes. Once you make the purchase it remains in your TrainingPeaks account.  You can move the plan, or copy the plan, to different dates in your training calendar.  

3. Will I get faster with this plan?

It’s highly likely you will get faster with this training plan.  Follow the schedule and you’ll be consistently doing the right workouts each week.  The final two weeks set you up to be rested and in peak form on race day.  

3. Can I print the plan?

Instructions from support:

The athlete can print from the new app if you select ctrl (cmnd) + P when they're in an athlete calendar. Direct them to scroll so that the first week that you'd like to print is visible on their screen. TrainingPeaks will print that week and the weeks that follow. If they need to print more than 2 weeks at a time, hit the hamburger icon on the top right and go into 'compact mode', which will allow them to print more weeks.

4. I use a power meter.  Will this plan work with power?

Yes.  Any cycling workout prescribed with heart rate zones will also work with the same power zone.  For example, a zone 4 ride in heart rate zone 4 is the same as your zone 4 power.  

5. How do you prescribe intensity for your workouts?

Workouts can be done based on perceived effort, heart rate zones, or power zones.  Use this Training Intensity & Heart Rate Guide to help you.  This guide also shows you how to determine your heart rate zones if you choose to do so.  

6. On days with 2 scheduled workouts should they be done back-to-back or should they be separated?

I don't recommend back-to-back workouts unless it's written into the plan.  For example, on many Saturday's there's a brick.  Those workouts should be done together.  If a day has both a run and bike listed, but it’s not written as a brick, the workouts should be separated.  If you have to do those back-to-back because of time constraints (an occasional reality for most athletes), I suggest doing the most intense workout first.

7. Recovery weeks

It’s very important to allow your body time to recover, which is why easier weeks are included in the plan.  If you’ve been consistent, resist the urge to do additional volume/intensity during your recovery weeks.  This will increase your likelihood of injury, and an injury will result in less fitness.

8. Workout descriptions

Interval workouts are often listed in this format:

“4-5 x 6 minutes in heart rate 3-4 zones (2-minute recoveries)."

This workout includes four or five work intervals of six minutes each. Between each interval ride or run (or walk) for two minutes at an easy pace, allowing your heart rate to drop. After two minutes begin your next interval. Your intervals begin as soon as you increase your speed. You may notice a lag of 30-90 seconds between heart rate and effort - that's okay. Maintain a constant speed and allow your heart rate to rise to the desired level. Always allow for an easy warmup and cool down with every intense workout.

9. This seems a little complicated.

Nonsense!:)  Figuring out how to correctly training for a duathlon is complicated.  This plan makes it easy for you.   In 90 seconds or less you can create your TrainingPeaks account.  Login and you’ll see your workouts while in the calendar view.  You’ll be putting in 3-15 hours of training each week for a couple months preparing for your race.  A little time invested upfront will pay significant dividends down the road and make your training and racing much more rewarding.  

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