Advanced Half-Ironman + Coaching VIDEOS


Wendy Mader

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12 Weeks

Typical Week

1 Day Off, 2 Bike, 2 Swim, 1 Strength, 3 Run

Longest Workout

1:00 hrs swim
3:30 hrs bike
2:15 hrs run

Plan Specs

triathlon half ironman advanced power based hr based

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You're going to love this 12-week Half-Ironman training plan from Ironman Certified Coach and 9 x Kona finisher, Wendy Mader! In addition to 12 week's worth of swimming, biking, running and strength training workouts, we also included 3 INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEOS, one before each 4-week phase. That's right! You'll be able to see and hear coach Wendy explaining how each training block is organized and structured. This IronDistance Program goes beyond numbers on a spreadsheet. It's a multimedia approach along with links to drills, heart rate, and pace training so you know the purpose and effort of each workout.

This program is designed with intermediate or advanced triathlete in mind. Before you start this program, you'll need to be comfortable swimming 1000 yards without stopping, cycling for 40 miles and running for 8 miles. If you can do all that, you'll do great with this plan. The goal of this Half- IronDistance Program is to increase your weekly volume (time/distance) with added race-specific intensity.

The 12-week program is your perceptive, competitive phase of training with a race or race simulation the 4th week. The second 4 weeks continue to build Ironman Specific volume and intensity. The final 4 weeks take you through a gradual taper to ensure you are recovered and ready to finish healthy and strong! So, are you ready to rock and roll!?

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Training Load By Week
Average Weekly Breakdown
Average Weekly Training Hours: 07:17
Training Load By Week
Average Weekly Training Hours: 07:17
Average Weekly Breakdown

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Sample Day 1

Bike test with power and heart rate

WU: 10 minute warm up then 3X1 minute 100 plus rpms, RI 1 minute
5 minute all out effort, 10 minute spin
MS: 20 minute all out effort, record average power and heart rate
CD: 10 minutes

Sample Day 2

Test Swim

WU: 200 warm up (wu). 4 x 50 on 15 sec rest. MS: 1000 yd TT (time trial) for time.
CD: 200 - This time for the 1,000 is divided by 10 , to get your avg. pace. This pace is now known as your T-Pace.

Sample Day 2

Strength Training

Strength Training: 30 Minutes (See Workout Examples)
Goals: Controlled motions; focus on technique
WU: 5 minute cardio of choice
-Elbow and knee lunge
-Arm swings
-Inch worms
-Walking hip cradle ACTIVATION
-Double leg bridge
-Single leg bridge Lateral hip circuit

-Romanian deadlift Step up
-Lat pull down
-Dumbbell bench press
-I/Y/T/W shoulder series
-Clam shell series
- Stability ball rollout
-Side plank
-Bird dog
CD: foam roller

Sample Day 3

Run Test

Run Test (3-Mile Time Trial):
• Do this test on a track or other 3 mile course
• Warm up by running for 10 minutes starting easy and gradually increasing
your speed to a very fast race pace for you. End your warm-up near where you will start your time trial. Stop running and rest or walk until you
feel full recovered (you’ve caught your breath, your muscles feel loose,etc.).
• Clear your watch, GPS, heart-rate monitor (as applicable to you) and run three miles as fast as you can. you want to cover the three miles as quickly as possible, not go real fast and then slow
down. Note: Although you indicated you do not want to train by heart rate, record your average heart rate, at the completion of your time trial.
• Walk 10 minutes very easy to cool-down.
• Record RPE, time, pace, average heart rate

Sample Day 4

Strength Training

Sample Day 4


Time and Distance will vary depending on your experience. Swim either for distance or time about. Or to join a masters swim group.

WU: 100 loosen up
Drills: Focus on how well you do the drills, not on how fast.
2X50 25 fingertip drag / 25 fist
2X50 25 thumbslide/25 HOOW
MS: Focus on the aspect of the drill (recovery and hand entry) into the main set.
2x (50-100-150-200 RI: 20 seconds
CD: 4X50 odds drill of choice / evens swim

Sample Day 5


mix of flat and hills

WU: 30 minutes zone 1-2
MS: 4 x 10:00 zone 3 / RI 5:00 recovery.
CD: 3 0 minutes

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