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Novice Plans

The Novice level plans assume you are capable of paddling 3 days a week, sometimes multiple times per day. Sessions range between 1-2 hrs comprised of both on-water and land training.

This plan takes you through four different training phases, developing and improving both physical performance and race specific skills for race day.

How much training?

Weekly paddle training hours range between 3-4 hours on-water. This includes 3 paddles and up to 4 cardio/strength and conditioning sessions.There is usually 1-2 training sessions per day, with 3 days off from paddling each week.

When do I start the plan?

Subtract the chosen training duration (8, 12, or 16 weeks) plus the taper week from your race day to determine the start date of the training plan. For example:

  • For an 8-week plan, subtract 9 weeks (8 weeks of training + 1 taper week) from the race day.

  • For a 12-week plan, subtract 13 weeks (12 weeks of training + 1 taper week) from the race day.

  • For a 16-week plan, subtract 17 weeks (16 weeks of training + 1 taper week) from the race day.

Do your best to follow the training sessions in the plan, ideally in their given order. But feel free to adjust to suit your schedule if needed

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