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GTN Presents: No Time to Train For An IRONMAN?

BY Susan Legacki

Making it to the IRONMAN start line with less than 16 hours a week of training is totally possible—as long as you have the right plan of attack.

As part of the partnership between the Global Triathlon Network (GTN) and TrainingPeaks, we’ll be bringing you twice-monthly episodes of the “Triathlon Training Explained” show, where hosts and former pro triathletes Mark Threlfall, Fraser Cartmell and Heather Fell answer your triathlon training questions with the help of TrainingPeaks software, coaches and industry experts from around the world.

Whether you’re trying to balance IRONMAN training with a demanding job, a family—or both—training for 16+ hours a week can get pretty darn tricky. Time management becomes a necessity, but even then it’s possible that you just need to reduce your training hours and make it work. But don’t worry, it’s entirely possible.

In this episode of Triathlon Training Explained, former pros Fraser Cartmell and Mark Threlfall discuss ways to make your key workouts during the week pull double duty and help get you ready for that IRONMAN start line in fewer overall hours per week.

Check out the full video below:

Triathletes in the know like GTN’s Mark Threlfall, Fraser Cartmell and Heather Fell use TrainingPeaks to help plan, track and analyze their training. Dial-in your triathlon training with a free 14-day Premium Trial today!  

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About Susan Legacki

Susan Grant Legacki is the Content Director at TrainingPeaks. The founding editor of LAVA Magazine and a former editor at Triathlete Magazine and Inside Triathlon, Susan is an IRONMAN finisher, Boston Marathon qualifier, USAT Level 1 Triathlon Coach and certified Pilates instructor. When she’s not editing or writing copy about endurance sports, you can usually find her training for them around Boulder, Colo.