IRONMAN swim-focused, 24 weeks (Garmin-compatible, access to coach)

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IRONMAN swim-focused, 24 weeks (Garmin-compatible, access to coach)


Marius Triukas, IRONMAN® Certified Coach

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24 Weeks

Typical Week

2 Run, 2 Bike, 1 Strength, 3 Swim

Longest Workout

0:35 hrs swim
4:00 hrs bike
3:00 hrs run

Plan Specs

triathlon ironman intermediate pace based

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Who is this Plan for?

If you are not completely new to triathlon (or have at least some experience in all three of its disciplines - swimming, biking, and running), but you feel that your limiter is the swim, this plan can help you to tackle it and prepare to finish the IRONMAN® triathlon race in 24 weeks.

Plan Highlights

The plan is targeted at athletes who want to improve their swimming endurance and speed, and has three swim sessions per week, be it pool or open water workouts.

The plan starts with more than 6 hours of training in the first week and reaches maximum training volume of more than 12:30 hours on week 16. It includes a variety of workouts (strides, tempo, steady-state, endurance, to name a few) arranged in three-week cycles, which will allow your body to adapt and prepare for a challenging race.

The plan has recommendations on when to participate in the sprint, Olympic, or IRONMAN® 70.3® events to get proper racing experience.

The plan is based on a percentage of your calculated Threshold Pace (it applies to swim, bike, and run workouts). Most swim and run workouts also refer to RPE 1-10 (Rating of Perceived Exertion) scale to help you to develop your 'pace by feel'.

The plan does have Strength & Conditioning workouts, however for the best results they should be followed with the supervision of the gym coach.

The plan is compatible with Garmin devices so you will have structured workouts delivered straight to your watch when using the AutoSync feature after connecting your TrainingPeaks and Garmin Connect accounts. However, please check your device compatibility in the Garmin/TrainingPeaks website.

Access to Coach

If you will have any questions for this plan, before or after purchasing it, please contact me by e-mail and I’ll be happy to help you. And read the Welcome message before starting. It contains important information about your plan.

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Training Load By Week
Average Weekly Breakdown
Average Weekly Training Hours: 07:06
Training Load By Week
Average Weekly Training Hours: 07:06
Average Weekly Breakdown

Marius Triukas

Train By Data

Sub 3-hour marathoner and sub-11-hour full distance finisher, IRONMAN® Certified Coach with IT background (ah, and the father of two). Interested in data analysis and constant search for improvement, meter-by-meter, second-by-second.

If you’re ready and willing to delve into your training data and if you want to explore how numbers translate to your fitness, let’s talk and see if we can find out what your training may or may not has been missing.

Sample Day 1

1:30h Endurance Run

Endurance: 1:30:00 @ 85 % of Threshold Pace (RPE 5-6)

Try to keep 170-180 spm cadence during this workout.

Sample Day 2

Steady State Swim (1300m)

Warm-Up: 300m Easy (RPE4)
4x50m Catch-Up drill, rest 10s between intervals
4x100m Steady State pace (RPE7), rest 5s between intervals
2x100m Kick drill [kickboard], rest 15s between intervals
Cool-Down: 200m Easy (RPE4)

Sample Day 3

FTP Ramp Test

The purpose of this workout is to calculate your Functional Threshold Power. If you do not know your FTP, before you proceed, set it to 200W in TrainingPeaks. Warmup for 10 minutes in prescribed intensity, and be prepared to increase it to the indicated value with each step, which takes exactly 2:30 minutes. You may or may not be able to complete the workout, but you should note the wattage of the last step completed and the duration of an uncompleted step.

If TrainingPeaks does not offer FTP value automatically after the workout, you can calculate it as described in

Sample Day 4

FTS Test 0:30h Swim

This workout is for determining your Functional Swimming Threshold Speed (FTS), which you can enter to TrainingPeaks to gain maximum value from your swim training.

Warm-Up: 200m Easy (RPE4)

Swim as far and as fast as you can for 30 minutes. Do not start too fast and stay consistent throughout the whole session. Note the distance covered.

Cool-Down: 200m Easy (RPE4)

Divide 30 minutes by (distance covered / 100) to get your Functional Threshold Speed/Pace, expressed in min:sec/100m. For example, if you covered 1500 meters in 30 minutes, your FTS is 2:00 min/100m.

Sample Day 4

Stability&Endurance - Week 1

Jog 5 min

Knee Pulls - 1 set x10 reps
Walking on Toes with Toes Pointed In - 1 set x10 reps
Walking Hip Cradle - 1 set x10 reps

Band Pull Apart - 1 set x10 reps
Step Up (No Weights) - 1 set x10 reps
Monster Lateral Walk (with bands) - 1 set x10 reps

Overhead Squat - 3 sets x12 reps, rest for 0:20 between reps; Weight: Bar
Step up - 3 sets x12 reps, rest for 0:20 between reps; Weight: Body
Goblet Squat - 3 sets x12 reps, rest for 0:20 between reps

Anti-Rotation with Bands - 3 sets x10 reps
Side plank - 3 sets, continue for 0:30
Donkey Kicks - 3 sets x10 reps

Static stretches - 5 min

Sample Day 5

Endurance Ride, 1:10h

Sample Day 6


For this time trial test, be rested and perform it on a running track, or on any other flat, smooth course. Warm up for 5 minutes by gradually accelerating to a tempo which you believe you can sustain for 30 continuous minutes, but not longer. Do not start too fast, stay consistent and have in mind that test is divided into 10-minute and 20-minute parts. They are for calculation purposes only, so do not drop your pace after 10-minute lap is complete; you have to run for continuous 30 minutes at the fastest pace you can sustain for that amount of time. After completing the test, cool down for 5 minutes.

Your average 30 min. pace will be your Lactate Threshold Pace (LTP). Your average HR for the last 20 min. of the test will be your Lactate Threshold Heart Rate (LTHR).

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