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Training Information

EPS operates year round on the basis that if you are not training you are de-training so instead of entering each new year at a slightly higher level you enter it at the same, or lower, level as the previous year. If you do that its impractical to expect you will reach a higher level by the end of the year - something many athletes and triathletes are apt to do.

In Australia the season normally begins in late April (southern states), late May (northern states) and October (Australian Northern Territory).

The periodised Sprint and Olympic programmes begin with a two week rest immediately following the last race and then move on as follows:

The Ironman/Ironwoman programs are build around two 17 week Specific Preparation and Specific Recovery periods with one ten to thirteen week block and one three to seven week block devoted to basic speed and low end aerobic endurance.

Unlike the vast number of programs that either schedule no recovery weeks or work on a three or four to one week cycle EPS programs are based around the concept of two weeks hard followed by a one week recovery.

There are three major reasons for adopting this protocol:

  1. Over more than 30 years of coaching athletes from beginners to elites Tony Benson has found very few athletes who are mentally, physically and psychologically capable of sustaining high volumes and/or intensities for more than two weeks unless they are full time athletes who have adequate time to rest.
  2. Scheduling a week 'off' allows the opportunity for testing, which in turn provides information about the athlete's state of well being and allows the coach to adjust the intensity of the program long before any 'over-training' can occur.
  3. The one week off allows the coach to include some 'fun' workouts that have a competition like effect. This in turn keeps the athlete in touch with the requirements of competition on a year round basis, which in turn, means the length and intensity of the Pre- competition period can be reduced. 

Finally, dear reader, if you come across programs using the two week on one week approach remember you saw it here first because the Benson's programmes have been heavily copied over the years. Remember too what you read on the introduction page regarding the flawed proposition that less experienced athletes need less knowledgeable coaches.

EPS Training sessions are held at a number of different venues and locations around Melbourne (Victoria) and Newcastle (New South Wales).

The most common venues are listed on the Training Venues page along with a Melway street directory reference. Note that the information given there is general.

For more specific times and locations consult your program and/or the Training Calendar page.

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