Fartlek Session

Friday Fartlek Run: Matt Dixon’s 70.3 Run Intervals

Showing your body race pace efforts is important for developing pacing control for your event. These intervals are great for developing your race speed for a half marathon or longer. This session is great for runners and triathletes especially those running a half marathon or longer.

Each week I will be posting the Friday Fartlek Run Sessions that you can do to enhance your running. Fartlek is a Swedish term that is often used by runners and it means speed-play. See a previous post about training intensity (levels) to know how hard to work.

The inspiration for this workout comes from Matt Dixon’s book Fast-Track Triathlete.

Matt Dixon’s 70.3 Run Intervals

  • 10min WU Level II;
  • 6-8x 1km Level III+, 2min RI;
  • 10min CD Level II;
  • 10min Stretching

Start the workout with a Warm Up (WU) for a minimum of ten minutes easy jogging at Level II.

The main set is made up of between six and eight reps of one kilometre. These are run at slightly faster than your 70.3 (or half marathon) goal pace (by about ten seconds per mile or six seconds per kilometre), this will be in the top end of your Level III. Take a two minute Rest Interval (RI) between reps.

The Cool Down (CD) is at a low intensity, jogging (Level II) for a minimum of ten minutes.

Finish with 10 minutes stretching to assist with the recovery.

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I specialise in assisting first timers and recreational athletes to achieve their sporting goals. I can be contacted at coachray@coachray.nz and 021 348 729.

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★★★★★ “Lays out all the elements needed to succeed and excel at triathlon without compromising the other important things in your life like family, friends and sleep.”

In Fast-Track Triathlete, elite triathlon coach Matt Dixon offers his plan of attack for high performance in long-course triathlon—without sacrificing work or life. 

Developed for busy professionals with demanding schedules, the Fast-Track Triathlete program makes your PR possible in Ironman®, Ironman 70.3®, Rev3, and Challenge triathlon in about 10 hours a week.

Training for long-course triathlons once demanded 15-20 hours each week—on top of work, family, travel and other time commitments. For many, preparing for long-distance triathlon is more challenging than the race itself.

Fast-Track Triathlete opens the door to your best performance in full- and half-distance triathlons in half the traditional training time. Dixon’s laser-focused, effective approach to workouts, recovery, strength and mobility, and nutrition means you can prepare for triathlon’s greatest challenges in just 7-10 hours per week for half-distance and 10-12 hours per week for full-distance.

Fast-Track Triathlete includes:

• Dixon’s complete guide to creating a successful sport and life performance recipe

• How to plan out your triathlon training

• Scaling workouts for time and fatigue

• Training and racing during travel

• Executing your swim-bike-run and transitions plan on race day

• 10-week off-season training program with key workouts

• 14-week pre-season training program with key workouts

• 14-week comprehensive race-prep full and half training plans with fully integrated strength and conditioning

Dixon’s first book, The Well-Built Triathlete, revealed his four-tiered approach to success in all triathlon race distances. Fast-Track Triathlete turbocharges Dixon’s well-built program so even the busiest athletes can achieve their long-distance triathlon dreams without sacrificing so much to achieve them.

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What other athletes are saying about FAST-TRACK TRIATHLETE:
★★★★★ “I went from marathons and sprint tris straight to a full Ironman in 1 year while overcoming an injury with this plan.”
★★★★★ “The importance of sleep/rest, quality vs. quantity, endurance AND strength, nutrition, etc. — this book shares such a realistic and balanced approach to training and helped me train for and complete my first Ironman (140.6) race as a working mother of 3 small children and a 13:32 finish time.”
★★★★★ “Breath of fresh air read on triathlon training – planning – life balance, in context of performance improvement.

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