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Olympic/ Standard distance

1500m swim, 40k bike, 10k run

The Olympic distance was the standard distance of triathlon which emerged in the 1980's. This is the distance raced at the 'Olympics' (not surprisingly) and is also the choice of distance for the newly formed 5150 race series. The event consists of a 1500 metre open water swim, 40k bike, followed by 10k run. Some race organisers may change slightly the distances of each leg of the race to suit the course.

The 'Olympic' distance is a race which takes elite athletes under 2 hours to complete and up to 4 hours for novice athletes. Hydration and nutrition play a larger part than in a sprint distance triathlon as the body only has enough energy reserves to work at a race intensity for around 60-90mins.

An Olympic distance race takes up to 7 days to recover from fully. They can be particularly useful training races for athletes training towards ironman 70.3 or the full ironman distance. The open water swim is only 400 metres shorter than the ironman 70.3.

If your 'A' race is more than 20 weeks away then your programme will start in the 'Base phase'. This phase of training is where you adapt to the training volume and build and maintain a good level of aerobic fitness. This helps lay the strong foundations from which the speed work will be built upon. Base training also helps an athlete to reduce the chance of injury when moving into the 'Race Phase'.

If your race is within 20 weeks from enrolment you are ready to go into the 'Race phase' of training. In this phase we look to further develop your aerobic system but also add speed and strength work into your training to enable you to reach peak fitness in your 'A' race.

We have 3 Olympic distance coaching packages, 'Programme Only' 'Standard Package' and 'Premium Package'. Simply decide on what level of support you need:

Click here to view 'Programme Only' package

Click here to view 'Standard' package

Click here to view 'Premium' package

Coaching Package Summary


Programme Only

Standard Package

Premium Package

Access to programme 24/7

Bespoke periodised training programme

Access to charts to allow easy tracking of your progress

Progress review and feedback from coach every week


Unlimited support from coach via on site messaging system


Strength and conditioning programme

Specific strength and conditioning programme based upon biomechanical analysis



Recommended heart rate training zones



Specific heart rate/ power training zones derived from fitness testing


Watt bike power test and pedal stroke analysis



Biomechanical screening



Body composition analysis



Telephone contact with coach

         Taking the guess work out of your triathlon training


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