INTERMEDIATE IRONMAN 70.3 (Half Ironman). 9 to 13 hours per week. 20 Week. Sunday Race. Re-usable.

Average Weekly Training Hours 10:11
Training Load By Week
Average Weekly Training Hours 10:11
Training Load By Week

Designed for intermediate level triathletes, this 20 week plan will gradually build your speed, endurance and confidence for your key IRONMAN 70.3 distance event.

"My PR was 6:37 for an IRONMAN 70.3 before your training plans, then 5:29 at Mallorca and 4:59 on the last one, all I can say is thanks!!!" Richard Lonsdale, 52, October 2016."

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

• Email access to the author

• PDF guides on “How To Use Your Training Plan” and “Strength & Conditioning”

• Monthly email training advice newsletter

• Training zones using feel, heart rate, power or pace

• Advice on how to incorporate several races into your plan

IS THIS PLAN FOR YOU?

You can start this plan any Monday or simply set it to end on your race day. This version is for people who's target race is on a Sunday. There are usually ten workouts per week, consisting of 3 swims, 3 cycles, 3 runs and a strength workout. There is a semi-recovery day each week and an active recovery period every fourth week to help your body adapt and recover. To be successful with this plan you should have at least a year of triathlon experience.

• Screenshot of the first 2 weeks (JPG)

• Screenshot of the hardest 2 weeks (JPG)

QUESTIONS?

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AUTHOR

Phil Mosley. Coaching Editor of Triathlon Plus Magazine: Full Coach Biography

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Sample Day 1
0:40:00
Easy Run

Easy/steady run in Zone 2.

Sample Day 1
0:55:00
2300m
Aerobic Endurance Pool Swim

These sessions will be done at lower intensities, but will progress in duration. They will ensure you can comfortably handle 1900m on race day and still have energy leftover for the bike and run.

Warm Up:
All in Zone 2 with 10secs rests:
3x(100FC, 50DRILL, 100PULL, 50DRILL).

200FC alternating (100 in Zone 2, 50 in Zone 4, 50 in Zone 2) with 20secs rests.

MAIN SET:
250FC in Zone 2 +15secs rests,
4x50PULL in Zone 3 +10secs rests,
250FC in Zone 2 +15secs rests.
2x100PULL in Zone 3 +10secs rests.


Warm Down:
All in Zone 2:
6x50 as (25DOG, 25FC) +5secs rests.

Sample Day 2
0:44:00
Bike Torque Session

Think of this like a bike-specific gym strength workout. It will increase cycling related leg-strength (torque) which will help you get more power out of each pedal stroke. Do them on your race-day bike position if possible.


WARM UP:
10mins in Zone 2, at your normal cadence.

MAIN SET:
9mins in a big gear, 60rpm in Zone 3 +60secs easy spin recovery in Zone 1.

9mins in a big gear, 70rpm in Zone 3 +60secs easy spin recovery in Zone 1.

9mins at 80rpm in Zone 3.

WARM DOWN:
5mins in Zone 2, normal cadence.

Sample Day 3
0:45:00
Speed Skill Bike

These short mid-week workouts are well suited to an indoor bike trainer. They are fairly high intensity, so there's no need to make them longer. They prepare your body for longer high intensity efforts in the Build phases.

Warm Up:
8mins easy in Zone 2
5mins as (10secs in Zone 4, 50secs in Zone 2).

MAIN SET:
2,3,4 mins all in mid Zone 4, all with 2mins rest in Zone 2.

3,2 minutes in upper Zone 4 with 3mins rests in Zone 2.


Warm Down:
5mins in Zone 2

Sample Day 3
0:50:00
2100m
Pool Swim, Speed

These swims will build your speed for race day.

Warm Up:
All in Zone 2, with 5 secs rests.
200FC, 100KICK, 100BACK, 100PULL.

MAIN SET:
4x150FC BUILD (do each 150 slightly faster than the one before) +30secs rests.
1 minute rest.
4x100PULL BUILD (do each 100 slightly faster than the one before) +15secs rests.
1 minute rest.
8x50FC BUILD (do each 50 slightly faster than the one before) +15secs rests.

Warm Down:
200 in Zone 2, mixed strokes

Sample Day 4
0:40:00
1800m
Pool Swim: Technique/Recovery

These sessions will increase your endurance and feel for the water. They'll also help your legs recover from some of the high intensity runs and rides. 

Warm Up:
200 as (25DRILL*/25PULL) in Zone 2 +20secs rest,
200FC breathe every 3 strokes in Zone 2, +20secs rest,
8x50FC BUILD** +15secs rests.

MAIN SET:
3x200 as (50PULL in Zone 2, 100FC in Zone 3, 50PULL in Zone 2) +20secs rests.

Warm Down:
300 as (25KICK/50FC) all in Zone 2 +20secs rest.
100 as (50BACK/50BREAST) all in Zone 2.

Sample Day 4
0:35:00
Speed Skill Run

These workouts will build your leg speed before we start doing threshold work later in the plan. You can do them outside or on a treadmill. 

Warm Up:
10mins easy in Zone 2, chatting pace.
3 x 30secs gradual accelerations up to Zone 5 pace. 30secs walk/jog rests.

MAIN SET:
-4 minutes at Zone 3 pace.
-4 minutes easy jog in Zone 2.
-3 minutes at Zone 4 pace.
-4 minutes easy jog in Zone 2.
-2 minutes in Zone 5.

Warm Down:
5mins easy, slow jog, chatting pace.

Phil Mosley
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My Pro Coach

I have 20 years experience of helping age group athletes surpass their goals, while still making sure they have quality time available for family, friends and career. As an athlete and a parent I know how challenging this can be.

My training plans are intelligently designed around a typical work week. I set proven, time-efficient higher intensity workouts in mid-week, with longer aerobic workouts at the weekends.

I am always available to answer any questions you may have about your plan.