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Half IM Distance 30 week 'Competitors' Plan (Saturday race)


Steve Lumley

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30 Weeks

Plan Specs

triathlon half ironman advanced base period

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Plan Description

Designed by the UK’s most experienced Iron-distance coach and athlete, Steve Lumley (BTF L3 coach, MSc) for age – group triathletes with limited time available. This plan draws on Steve’s 30+ years experience of coaching and racing all triathlon distances, including 39 IronDistance races and 5 Hawaii qualifications himself. He has coached athletes to hundreds of full and half IM finishes. These have ranged from novice to elite and include several Hawaii world championship qualifications.

Training plan volume is between 8 and 13.5 hours per week.

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Average Weekly Breakdown

Workouts Weekly Average Longest Workout
3:00 hrs 1:45 hrs
4:40 hrs 4:00 hrs
0:52 hrs 0:45 hrs
1:58 hrs 1:15 hrs
Workouts Per Week Weekly Average Longest Workout
3:00 hrs 1:45 hrs
4:40 hrs 4:00 hrs
0:52 hrs 0:45 hrs
1:58 hrs 1:15 hrs

Training Load By Week

Steve Lumley (MSc)

Steve Lumley Triathlon Coaching

'Ironman' / Long distance triathlon.

Elite, draft legal triathlon from developmental to elite levels

Please contact Steve for details and costs of various levels of individual coaching.

Sample Day 1


Warm-up 10 mins progressive to 80%MaxHR

Drills 20 mins drills

Main Set
2 x 6-10 x 15 secs strides on fairly steep hill.

Recovery = jog back, go on 60secs turnaround
5 mins tempo on the flat between sets

Cool-down 5 mins easy

Sample Day 2


Minutes % HR Cadence Elapsed

10 70 10
5 75 95 15
5 80 100 20
5 70 90 25
5 80 100 30
5 85 105 35
5 70 90 40
5 85 105 45
5 90 110 50
5 70 90 55
5 warm down 80 60

Select necessary gearing to allow heartrate and cadence
to conform with above
Relax upper body and spin legs

Sample Day 3


WU: 15 mins progressive
MS: 4 x (4mins E2a / 6 mins E1)
CD: 5 mins

Sample Day 3

MS, 3-4 sets

Warm up 5-10 minutes. Then 2-3 sets of MS. Cool down 5-10 minutes

Sample Day 4

Mod-easy pyramid

WU: 4 x 100 swim done as 25s each of kick, R arm only, L arm only, swim.
MS: The even intervals are done at 5 seconds slower than 100 T-pace. The others are relaxed swims with good technique. Recoveries are in seconds within parentheses.
100 (15”) 200 (20”) 300 (40”) 400 (60”) 300 (40”) 200 (30”) 100.
CD: Easy combination of kicks and strokes for 10 minutes.
Total: 2400

Sample Day 4


Warm-up well. Then ride 30 to 40 minutes non-stop at tempo / E2b on Turbo or flat course. Slightly bigger gear than usual. 80-90 rpm. Smooth pedaling.

Sample Day 5

Pick-ups, 20 sec

After warm-up include a few 20-second pick-ups to faster than your 10k race pace. Long, easy recoveries. Relax! Pick-up cadence: count your right foot strikes for the 20 seconds. Strive for 30 or more.

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