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Ironman Italy


Mike Bridge

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24 Weeks

Plan Specs

triathlon ironman beginner power based hr based strength

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Plan Description

This plan is designed to prepare the athlete for the rigours of IM Italy. Racesnake coach Mike Bridge has collaborated with Carol Bridge (2nd pro out of water IM Wales, Castle series winner and commonwealth games).
Mainly designed for intermediate athletes who have some IM or 70.3 racing under their belts and are looking for strong times, the plan could also be used by athletes who are coming with training backgrounds from other disciplines and are aiming at sub 12hr times.
The plan builds from 10hrs to a maximum of 15.00 hrs with a significant amount of strength and power resistance training in the preparation phase to prepare the athlete for the higher intensity efforts demanded by the roads of Italy.
Later in the plan resistance training is replaced by more discipline specific training.
The plan requires a large amount of work at goal race pace throughout so an idea of your target time and a break down of this into average speed, pace per mile and kilometre will be useful.

The swim facet of this plan focuses on the athletes ability to maintain goal pace over the IM distance. To this end swim sessions are simple to follow and work on consistency over set distances, making them time efficient and effective.

Longer endurance bike/run endurance sessions have been placed on weekends and so could easily be swapped with events of a similar time/distance. The plan does not follow a traditional taper and stays relatively high volume until the final week. This is in line with new thinking on how to avoid losing fitness in the lead up to IM type events.

With this training plan we are happy to provide a best bike split race plan to help you through the race day. Just drop us a message at Racesnake to take up this offer.

Need more guidance on your journey to the big day? Use this plan in conjunction with Racesnake's personal coaching and see your times smashed. Coaching for this plan starts at £60/month.

Good luck on the big day and Hwyl Fawr!


Average Weekly Breakdown

Workouts Weekly Average Longest Workout
4:45 hrs 5:00 hrs
0:56 hrs 1:30 hrs
0:51 hrs 1:30 hrs
Workouts Per Week Weekly Average Longest Workout
4:45 hrs 5:00 hrs
0:56 hrs 1:30 hrs
0:51 hrs 1:30 hrs

Training Load By Week

Mike Bridge


Swimming technique improvement, Triathlon racing and skills, training program design

We provide a range of un-coached and comprehensive coaching options ranging from £30-£80 per month.

Sample Day 1

building 400s

A realistic goal pace for a 3.8km swim should be a realistic speed to maintain for 400m at this point in the plan

Sample Day 1

strength/aerobic endurance 1

This session is aimed at building muscular strength through over gearing whilst also developing aerobic endurance.
This session is not intended to be high intensity so don't push it too hard.

Sample Day 2

fatigue reistance sets

The aim of this session is to build endurance and muscular resilience for later, harder sessions.

Sample Day 2

endurance and stability

see attached

Sample Day 3


In this session we use short rep distances to build endurance at race pace. It will help develop nuero-muscular efficiency and add to the overall aerobic endurance.

Sample Day 5

Endurance brick 1

This could be done outdoors but completing on an indoor trainer makes the transition to running much easier.

Sample Day 7

Aerobic end. at z2

This should be an easy ride with the aim of developing aerobic endurance whilst limiting post exercise fatigue. You should be able to eat or talk all the way through the effort.

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