A sprint distance triathlon is defined by these distances:
Three programs will get you from couch to sprint triathlons. They are the Conservative and Aggressive based running programs plus the cycling part of Phase IV or VII respectively. Follow it by your choice of the 16 or 20 week sprint triathlon training programs. Michael Pate also offers his proven program for the heavier athletes.
*No program here or anywhere else is perfect. Different programs work for different people. These programs are based on our opinions, research, our personal experiences and others experience. Please do your homework and look at other programs too (not just ours).
Try these combos:
Overweight? See also:
*If you are overweight or having knee troubles, it would be best to start out with our Beginner Exercise Program. Please consult your physician first to get medical clearance on any program.
Aggressive Run Program
Conservative Run Program
Michaels Total Sprint Program
NOTE - It may be beneficial for you to taper after your sprint program, take a week or two off with some fun activities or impromptu exercising, build back up and maintain your max sprint times for the duration of a month or two BEFORE continuing on to the olympic. The taper and one week off is for some needed rest. Listen to what your body tells you.
When you upgrade to our silver-level membership, you get access to 33 more training plans. Each of these plans include:
The Silver membership includes this beginner couch-to-sprint triathlon training plan:
12 Week Couch-to-Sprint
A solid, detailed plan that starts out with low volume and gradually progresses over 12 weeks to your race. No fancy equipment needed, only some desire and motivation to change your life for the best.
"I just wanted to drop a note to thank you for your beginner, couch potato-to-finisher training program.I finished my first triathlon (1/4 mi. swim; 15 mi. ride; 4.75 mi run) yesterday after finding your website and the programs. I had to start two weeks into the program because I was 11 weeks away from the triathlon.I really liked the variety of the workouts, including the time spent training, as well as the two days off each week.I am 48 years old, not particularly athletic, and consider myself a bit overweight. I didn't loose any weight, but my doctor said not to worry about it, so I didn't.Again, thank you for a doable program/workout schedule. Nice job."- John