D3 Ironman, Advanced, 16 weeks, by Power with Structured Workouts

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D3 Ironman, Advanced, 16 weeks, by Power with Structured Workouts


Mike Ricci: D3 Multisport Head Coach, USA Triathlon Coach of the Year and USAT Level III Elite Coach

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17 Weeks

Typical Week

1 Strength, 4 Swim, 1 Custom, 4 Run, 4 Bike, 1 Day Off

Longest Workout

1:16 hrs swim
6:30 hrs bike
2:40 hrs run

Plan Specs

triathlon ironman advanced power based hr based

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Author: Mike Ricci
  • Founder, Head Coach D3 Multisport, Inc. 2000-present
  • USA Triathlon Coach of the Year and 2017 USAT World Team Coach
  • USA Triathlon Elite Level 3 Coach (1 of 19 in the US)
  • Coached the University of Colorado Triathlon Team to 4 straight National Titles 2010-2013
  • Coached multiple National Champions, Kona Qualifiers, and 1st yr. triathletes
  • Coached the AG National Champion in 2015 and AG World Champion in 2016 (25-29 AG)

A solid training plan equals athlete success:"My race went well, smashed my goal of 5:45 with a 5:04. The plan was great and have recommended it to friends. I will purchase a plan for the full IM next year." Thanks, Eric D.

Starts: Anytime

Length: This 16 week program is an Advanced Plan for an Ironman athlete who has broken 10 hours and wants to take their racing to the next level. This plan has more volume and intensity than the Intermediate plan as it averages 13:36 hours per week and has a max. week of 20:50. The weeks have 3-4 swims, 3-4 bikes, 3-4 runs, 1 brick run and 2 strength sessions.

Requirements: You should have a good base over the past 4-6 weeks. Going into this plan you should be able to:
  • Swim at least 3,000m
  • Bike at least 2 hours
  • Run 1:40

You will build to:
  • 4,500m of swimming
  • 6+ hours of cycling
  • 2:45 of running

Your off day is Friday, your long ride is Saturday and long run is on Sunday.

Our programs are designed for the age group triathlete who has a busy life with a full-time job, a family and/or other responsibilities. In this program, the longer workouts will be on the weekends, and the weekdays will consist of shorter workouts. There will be bike-run (or brick) workouts on most Saturdays and there will be a race simulation during this plan. During the training plan, there is testing every few weeks to assess your fitness and you can re-adjust your Heart Rate and Power Zones. If you don’t train with a HR or Power meter, that’s fine because the tests are still good training as you can measure improvement based on time and effort.

Our plans set YOU up for success. The main goal of this plan is to help you achieve your best race! Mike has been coaching for 25+ years and uses that collective experience to help each individual athlete be successful at any level. His passion for the sport and wisdom gained from coaching thousands of athletes goes into designing a plan. He has taken the guesswork out of training with this plan and looks forward to helping you too.

We leave no stone unturned in helping you reach your goals. Purchase of this plan includes:
  • Strategically designed, simple to follow ‘Structured Workouts’
  • Strength workouts and core programs
  • D3 'Terminology' and 'Determining Heart Rate and Power Zones' documents
  • Insider access to premium content, instructional videos and training tips
  • The opportunity to be a part of a top Ironman Club Team, Team D3
  • Access to our private, Team D3 Facebook group to ask our USAT Certified Coaches questions
  • Team Sponsor Discounts

If you have questions email Coach Mike and learn how we get it done for our athletes: www.D3Multisport.com

IRONMAN®, IRONMAN 70.3® and IRONMAN Triathlon® are registered trademarks of World Triathlon Corporation (WTC).


Training Load By Week
Average Weekly Breakdown
Average Weekly Training Hours: 13:36
Training Load By Week
Average Weekly Training Hours: 13:36
Average Weekly Breakdown

Michael Ricci


The key to achieving your goal is having a plan! D3 Multisport founder and head coach Mike Ricci uses his collective 30+ years of coaching experience to help each individual athlete be successful - at any level. His passion for the sport and wisdom gained from coaching thousands of athletes all go into the design of his training plans. Let the D3 coaching team take the guesswork out of your training and guide you with pre-built training plans, customized plans, or 1-to-1 coaching.

Sample Day 1

Add weight, lower reps to 3x12 Reps - Phase 2

After 5-10' minute aerobic warm up:
3 Warm up Exercises (2-3 sets of 12 reps):
1. 3 way lunges (front, side, rear)
2. Macarena's
3. Squat Rows
Main Set:
*Work up to 3x12 reps
1. Lat Pull Down
2. Pushups on Ball or feet on ball
3. 1 leg squat (Bulgarian Lunge)
2nd Main Set:
1. Dumbell Press
2. Cable Cross
3. W's
4. Doubles
1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=alXZxMg9HwI
2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWlXtEdtleE

Sample Day 1

Endurance 4000m 2x (500s, 500p, 10x50, 5x100)

500 swim, 500 pull, 10x50 on 1:00, 5x100 on 2:00. Repeat.

Sample Day 2

3x10' @ 98-100% of FTP WB

15' wu.
3x10 at 98-100% of FTP.
Easy cool down.

Sample Day 2

WB AeT - :30

Run on a flat course or treadmill. 10' Z1, then 10' at Z2 (about 20 bpm below LT) and then 10' Z1.

RPE: Z1 = 5/6, Z2 = 6, Z3 = 7.

Pace: Z1 = E Pace, Z2 = L Pace, and Z3 = M Pace.

Sample Day 3

Recovery WB

Sample Day 3

16x100 at T-Pace

Sample Day 4

Run Pacing: 5x800m

1.5m warm up.
4x50m of drills.
4x100m of strides. Walk back to the start.
5x800 at 5k pace minus 5" per 400.

200 easy recovery in between each 400.
8:00 pace is 2:00 per 400. Taking 5" off per 400 = 3:50 per 800.
1m cool down.

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