The road to tri: Watch and training zones

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The road to tri: Watch and training zones
Triathlon is not about going long and hard all the time

MANILA, Philippines – What’s the right way to train for a triathlon? Coach Ige Lopez says, one, have a training plan and, two, follow it consistently and at the right intensities per workout.

There are four zones that an athlete can go through in training. 

Zone 1 is usually the warm up and cool down and the heart rate is below 50% .When the heart rate increases to 60-70%,the athlete reaches Zone 2. Most workouts are in this zone. Zone 3 is when it gets comfortably hard and the heart rate increases to 70-80%. When  the heart rate reaches 85% and above due to high intensity workouts, the athlete reaches Zone 4.

So for Amanda, Ton, and Juls it’s not about going long and going hard all the time.

It’s about doing the workouts hard (Zone 3 and 4) when needed and holding back (Zones 1 and 2) when instructed. This way the body is stressed enough to adapt to the demands of a triathlon and is given enough time to recover and absrb the training they’ve done and avoid injury. 

How do they adapt to the training? Find out in the upcoming webisodes of GAMEPLAN’s road to tri. – 


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