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8 weeks to Ironman 70.3 for fit beginners


Tatjana Ivanova

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Hello! This plan combines the best of coaching practice I collected from the best coaches around the world and from my own experience of coaching - it will get your as fit as you can be for your Half-Ironman!
Target athletes are fit beginners and first-timers who never raced Half-Ironman but have been training consistently for at least 3 months with min 5-6hr/week - so some general fitness is required - as well as the ability to swim at least 800m, run for an hour and ride for a couple of hours. This training will sharpen your form in a triathlon specific race.
In the 1st week you will find two programs: Run ABC drills and IronCore drills, to be used consistently.
Training zones are individual, but I would like to provide here some general guidance, based on max HR.
Max HR women = 205 - 1/2(age)
Max HR men = 220 - age
Z1 = <60% of Max HR
Z2 = 60-75% of Max HR
Z3 = 75-85% of Max HR
Z4 = 85-95% of Max HR
Please note, that Max HR for running which is the reference above is typically 10 bpm higher that for cycling, since more muscles are involved in running. So for your bike training zones, please subtract 10bpm from all values of running zones.
Abbreviations: Z=zone, P=pause, PB=pullbuoy, PD=paddles, B=band, HR=heart rate, bpm=beats per minute.
Please read all descriptions and sweat the seemingly small things - details matter!
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Have fun training!!

Training Plan Sample Week


Average Weekly Breakdown

Workouts Weekly Average Longest Workout
Swim x2
2:26 hrs 1:30 hrs
Run x2
2:22 hrs 1:45 hrs
Strength x2
0:37 hrs 0:20 hrs
Bike x2
3:43 hrs 2:45 hrs
Day Off x1
—— ——
Brick x1
1:58 hrs 3:40 hrs
Workouts Per Week Weekly Average Longest Workout
2:26 hrs 1:30 hrs
2:22 hrs 1:45 hrs
0:37 hrs 0:20 hrs
3:43 hrs 2:45 hrs
Day Off
—— ——
1:58 hrs 3:40 hrs

Training Load By Week

This plan works best with the following fitness devices:

  • Heart Rate Monitor
  • GPS

All supported devices

Tatjana Ivanova (DTU A Trainer, Ironman, Ultra Endurance, Sport Psychology)

Coach Tatjana

With 10+ years of coaching and 20+ years of racing experience, Tatjana is a certified IronmanU, TriSutto (Brett Sutton), A Level Elite DTU (Germany) and TP level 2 coach. All her athletes, from rookies to Kona qualifiers, always over-achieved their objectives and never DNF-ed!
Профессиональный тренер по триатлону c 2005 года, сертифицирована IRONMAN, федерацией триатлонa Германии (DTU), академией Брета Саттона (TriSutto). Тренирую новичков, серьезных любителей и полу-профессионалов.

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