When you hear these magical words as you cross the finish line, you’ve accomplished something very special.
Designed for time-limited triathletes, the primary goal of this MINIMALIST training plan is to prepare you to EXCEL in your IRONMAN race with minimal training.
Designed by Exercise Physiologist and Coach David Glover, MSE, MS, CSCS, this plan encapsulates his education, experience (28 IRONMAN distance finishes with an 8:51 PR), success and passion coaching thousands of triathletes to achieve their excellence...beyond what they knew they could do.
Beginning 14 weeks before your target race, this plan progresses through two base periods and one build period (13.5 hours is biggest training week) prior to tapering for your race. Each week typically contains 2x swims, 2x bikes, 2x runs plus 1 BRICK run and 2x strength training. Long rides are on Saturday with long runs on Sunday. Monday is the designated day off. Using the plan, you will build up to: 3,800 yards (or meters) swimming, 5-6 hours biking and 2.5-3 hours running.
Prior to using this plan, you should be able to complete the following workouts:
• Swim: 750 meters or yards continuously
• Bike: 3 hours
• Run: 90 minutes
Purchase of this plan includes our comprehensive 40+ page Triathlon Training Guide, which explains how to use your training plan plus email access to David Glover at any time for questions about this plan.
For more information about this plan, please DOWNLOAD the Description Document.
Training for another race distance? We also have training plans for IRONMAN 70.3 Triathlons and Sprint & Olympic Triathlons plus Running Races (from 5k to marathon), too.
• This training plan starts any Monday or can be set to end on Sunday of race weekend.
• You can reuse this training plan for future races.
• IRONMAN®, IRONMAN 70.3® and IRONMAN Triathlon® are registered trademarks of World Triathlon Corporation (WTC).
200 FR easy practice breathing both sides, r10s
2 x 100 Float Kick Drill, r10s
4 x 500 FR steady (maintain same pace across all four - PADS on #4), r30s
C/D: 200 easy CHOICE
View swim drill videos: http://www.enduranceworks.net/resources/swim-drill-videos/
Field test to set your training zones for the bike.
Download and follow "Cycling Field Test" protocol at http://www.enduranceworks.net/resources/ to calculate your bike training zones using power, heart rate or perceived effort.
Your training zones may change over time.
Warm up 10' easy with 6 x 30" strides mixed in (quick, fast accelerations but not sprints) - 30" easy jog in between.
Hill repeats on moderate hill or 4-6% on treadmill:
4 x 75" up Z4 fast, jog down easy + 15" rest
4 x 30" up Z5 very fast, jog down easy + 15" rest
300 easy CHOICE
4 x 50 FR (fast Z5, easy Z1), r15s
2 x 100 FR start easy and build to Z4, r20s
100 FR easy Z1, r60s
1 x 1000 FR time trial - as fast as you can but pace yourself, r60s
See "Swimming Field Test" at http://www.enduranceworks.net/resources/ to calculate your swim training zones.
C/D: 200 easy CHOICE
W/U 10' to Z2. Include 6 x 15-20" fast spinning (easy gear at 100+ rpm) mixed in.
Z2. Include 3 x 8' Z3 mixed in throughout. These can be long, gradual hills, too...
Practice nutrition and hydration as if in a race.
Make a note of what you eat and drink during your ride.
Z1 build up to Z2 off the bike (within 5 minutes of finishing ride).
Warm up 10' easy with 6 x 20" strides mixed in (quick, fast accelerations but not sprints) - 30" easy jog in between.
Z2 w/ 6 x 1' Z3 mixed in. Run on softer surfaces (e.g. dirt, grass, etc.) if possible.
Practice nutrition and hydration. Make a note of what you eat and drink during your run.