Following an online training program is a popular way of training with structure and direction. There are plenty of online options available but which one (if any) is right for you?

We live in a world dominated by tech with manufacturers constantly striving to sell us the latest innovation. But does this mean App-based training (such as Final Surge, Sufferfest or Training Peaks) with sessions automatically delivered to your device is right for you? Or are you a ‘pen and paper’ athlete who prefers the program delivered in a more simplistic form?

There is no right or wrong. Just what you’re most comfortable with.

The most important thing is that the program considers your:

  • current level of ability;
  • personal circumstances;
  • training time available;
  • equipment;
  • ambition/motivation;
  • budget;
  • aims & objectives;
  • medical history/injuries;
  • IT literacy.

The most effective programs are the ones with good communication between the coach and athlete.

Personalised training program

Following a program specific to the considerations above will help achieve results far sooner than a generic program. They come in 2 types.

  1. Via an app


  • Time efficient
  • Achieve your goals in a shorter time
  • Sessions direct to your device
  • Recorded analysis of performance detail
  • Communication opportunity with the Coach


  • Cost
    • Your device/s,
    • Subscription
  • Not everyone feels comfortable with tech
  • Possible IT issues (eg battery charge, synching reliability)

Hand written training program


  • Time efficient
  • Achieve your goals in a shorter time
  • Communication opportunity with the Coach
  • Receive the same sessions for less cost


  • Sessions don’t go direct to device
  • No recorded analysis
  • Harder to monitor progress

Pre-written (generic) program

Following a pre-written program off the internet or from a magazine can often be a good entry-level way of training for Triathlon.

They are widely available and enables the athlete to establish a basic understanding of training routine and structure.


  • No need for tech and gadgets
  • No ongoing financial commitment
  • Pressure free
  • Basic to follow
  • Good for beginners


  • No performance analysis
  • Results gained a bit slower
  • No guidance
  • It won’t be specific to your individual needs and circumstances.

Regardless of the method you prefer, I’d advise your program is sustainable, affordable, realistic and fun.

Contact us – – if we can help create a program for you.