Inside the lockdown training plan of a pro PH triathlete

By Guest Blogger | 2 Minute Read

We spoke to PH ambassadors about how they've adapted their training in Part 1 of our 'Lockdown Training' series and we wanted to dive a bit deeper into the training plans of athletes with PH in their bottles.

With that in mind, pro IRONMAN triathlete Brett Halliwell has kindly given us an insight into how his training plan has changed and how he's staying fit during the current situation...

 

Brett Halliwell's lockdown training plan

In terms of training, mine hasn't changed a huge deal except for no swimming. Below are two screen shots to compare my training load.

The first image shows a week during my final big block of training heading into the first race of the season which was going to be Challenge Salou.

In terms of hours, it was one of the higher weeks I completed with a real focus on intensity and race pace efforts across swim, bike and run. 

 

Brett Halliwell lockdown training planSource: Brett Halliwell ©

 

The second image is during lockdown (below). The main focus for me has been building the bike strength and aerobic base, this has meant an increase of hours on the bike but with a reduction of intensity allowing me to recover more quickly.

With working from home it has also allowed extra time to include more training hours, although I'm careful not to overload the body too much and will be taking the careful approach of increasing load by no more than 10% per week. 

In both images you can see the hours split between the different disciplines. 

 

Brett Halliwell training planSource: Brett Halliwell ©

I've included doing daily yoga sessions to increase my all round flexibility but also to allow my body to unwind and relax. These sessions have only been 20 minutes a day which I have found to be very beneficial.

I have also decided to challenge myself to completing a minimum of 50 push-ups a day during lockdown, but now being 4 weeks in I have increased my daily amount to an average of 80 push-ups and maxing out at around 120.

I've made myself stick to a rule with these - they need to be completed in a single period during the day but can broken up into blocks (e.g - 5 X 20) and they aren't to be completed at different times of the day.  

I imagine like most athletes I have also incorporated band work into my training to keep the swimming muscles active. Who knows whether this will pay off? I'm confident that I'll at least be going back to the pool a lot stronger physically than when I left. 

Brett Halliwell was crowned the 2016 Age Group British Triathlon Champion and took the overall Age Group title at The Challenge Championships in 2019. Brett took his pro licence and is due to race in the professional ranks in 2020.  

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