**Program 1: preparation to train.**

**Goals**: be able to consistently swim 40min (1200m?), ride 90min (45km?) and run 60min (10km?). Not sure about these goals. They might have to be fine tuned as I progress.

**Weeks 1-4: Preparation**- This period is "preparing to train"--building base endurance through work and recovery.

**Weeks 5-8: Base 1**- In Base 1, I'll be increasing hours a bit while keeping consistency.

**Weeks 9-12: Base 2**- In Base 2, I'll have theme weeks with increased volume in a single sport with steep reductions in the other two sports.

**Weeks 13-16: Base 3**- I'll now approach a maximum number of training hours per week but now back to a balance in all 3 sports and still 2 hard workouts per week.

**Weeks 17-18**: Build - Training hours level off while I work on specifics for the next training program including performing sessions back to back.

**Weeks 19-20**: Taper - I am going to drastically reduce the volume, but keep the same number of sessions and intensity. The goal is to be well-rested by the time I start my second program.

**Program 2: preparation to compete.**

**Goals**: be able to swim 1.9km in 45min, ride 90.1km in 2:45 and run 21.1km in 2 hours. Total time: 5:30. I think that might be doable.

**Weeks 1-4: Preparation**- This period is "preparing to train harder"--building on my base endurance through work and recovery.

**Weeks 5-8: Base 1**- In Base 1, I'll be increasing hours a bit while keeping consistency.

**Weeks 9-12: Base 2**- In Base 2, I'll have theme weeks with increased volume in a single sport with steep reductions in the other two sports.

**Weeks 13-16: Base 3**- I'll now approach a maximum number of training hours per week but now back to a balance in all 3 sports and still 2 hard workouts per week.

**Weeks 17-18: Build**- Training hours level off while I work on specifics for the event including performing sessions back to back.

**Weeks 19-20: Taper**- I am going to drastically reduce the volume, but keep the same number of sessions and intensity. The goal is to be well-rested by the time event day arrives.

I need to put together a training program for Weeks 1 to 4 but will just do one of each of these sessions first:

* Brisk walking with some short slow running intervals thrown in followed by yoga to stretch/cool down.

* Swimming laps.

* Cycling to work and home (9km each way).

* Light gym session of free weights (1 set of 10-15 reps) followed by some core work.

That should see me through the first week. Based on that I will develop a training program for weeks 2-4.

I just can't wait to get my first session over and done with so that I have the feeling that I have started.