Beginner IRONMAN 48 week (50 yrs +) plan includes email access to Coach, 6-14 hrs, reusable, HR

Average Weekly Training Hours 09:47
Training Load By Week
Average Weekly Training Hours 09:47
Training Load By Week

Beginner IRONMAN 48 week for 50 yrs + plan

“I recently bought a program from Steve through training peaks to start my training with the goal of finishing my first ironman this coming October. I have been super impressed with the support and sound, clear advice Steve passes on. Wouldn’t have any problem recommending his services, its superb! Great work Steve! ”

Brendon Joost 4th Jan 2019

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Plan outline
This 48 week plan is designed for an beginner athlete who has between 6 - 14 hours available to train for their IRONMAN. It is specifically designed for athletes over 50 years of age - as it uses a 2:1 recovery cycle that should minimize risk of over training injuries

To be successful with this plan you should have at least a year of triathlon experience including completing an Olympic/international distance race to date.

Base or fitness/stamina development = 28 weeks
Build or race specific training = 18 weeks
Taper or readying yourself for race day = 2 week
2 week progression:1 week recovery cycle

Typical week
On avg the plan works off a basis of 2 swim sessions, 3 run and 3 bike sessions in a typical week with 1 rest days - with the hourly training load ranging from 6-14 hours a week

What do you get in this plan?
• Unlimited email access to the author
• Free “How To Use Your Training Plan” and “Swim drills” guides
• Training zones using feel, heart rate or pace
• Bike/run sessions fully uploadable to compatible GPS devices and associated applications such as Garmin Connect, Trainer Road etc

Have a question? Click here to ask me directly and I will respond within a few hours

Not sure if this is the plan for you
If, after 2 weeks, you feel plan is not the right level for you - I will switch your plan free of charge to an equivalent plan from the other beginner/Intermediate or advanced plans from my catalog

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Sample Day 1
0:45:00
1500m
Critical swim assessment CSS TEST SET

CSS TEST WORKOUT


Warm Up 400 easy freestyle
- 200 fins as 50 choice drill, 50 freestyle
– 4 x 50 freestyle (25 fast + 25 easy) +10 seconds rest

then 4 x 100 freestyle (20 seconds rests)

Do these 100’s at what you perceive to be the AVERAGE pace that you can sustain for a 400 Time Trial.

Main Set 400 time trial


Take 5 to 8 minutes easy swimming/stretching and 100m easy swim.

Feel fully recovered, then:

200 time trial


Warm Down 100 easy choice of stroke

To calculate your CSS which will be used in other sessions - take the result of the 400 tt and subtract the 200 tt - then divide the result by 2 to get your pace

e.g.
400m TT of 7:44 = 464 secs
200m TT of 3:27 = 207 secs

464 - 207 = 257/2 = 128 secs or 2 mins 8 secs CSS

Sample Day 2
0:50:00
6.21mi
70TSS
Run test

To ensure your training is tailored to your current fitness/abilities - the first block requires you to complete a run and bike test to get baseline HR zones which we use to direct sessions and monitor progress

This is the first of these tests - working out your run specific HR zones

NB needs GPS device and HR monitor

Please ignore the target distance - indicative only - the actual distance will be determined by you

Best done on flat out and back course
Warm up gently for 10 mins (including stopping to stretch hamstrings/calves/glutes)

For the actual test you need to accelerate to a tempo which you believe you can sustain for 30 min continuous running, but not longer. This should feel difficult!

10 min warm down please

Once you have the HR data uploaded to this session - open via the analyse icon in the top right hand corner and follow the following steps outlined in the below link
http://home.trainingpeaks.com/blog/article/joe-friel-s-quick-guide-to-setting-zones

Sample Day 3
0:45:00
1400m
65TSS
Pool session - Endurance focus - requires pull buoy and paddles

Assumes 50 m pool - please adjust lengths accordingly to ensure distance covered

Option to download/print off session detail to bring to pool from paper clip in top right corner

Endurance sets are designed to build stamina and strength in the water so you can go for longer distances without any issue

Warm Up [200, 200 total]
200m = 100 freestyle, 100 backstroke

Drills [400, 600 total]
Single arm: 2 x 50 (1st Left, 2nd right), 10 sec Rest
Pull Buoy: 2 x 50, as 25 Fists, 25 swim 10 sec Rest
Increasing effort: 1st 50 easy, 2nd 50 moderate, 3rd 50 hard, 4th 50 recovery

Main Set: [600, 1200 total]
1st 300m no swim aids 1 min rest
2nd 300m with pull bouy & paddles 1 min rest

Cool down: [200, 1400 total]
200m = 200 backstroke

Sample Day 3
0:50:00
15.53mi
35TSS
Turbo set - endurance or 60 min easy spin

Turbo sets are a great way to improve cycling and stroke efficiency as you remove the other variables such as road surface, weather and traffic!

10 min easy zone 1 warm up
30 mins zone 2
10 mins cool down zone 1

Sample Day 4
0:40:00
4.97mi
50TSS
Tempo run

Tempo runs are an excellent way for triathletes to work on building their speed and strength. They are runs that are done at a steady effort level, usually just a little slower than your 10K race pace

Session details
1km warm up zone 1
6km @10km pace or zone 3
1km cool down zone 1

Sample Day 6
0:33:00
3.73mi
30TSS
Aerobic easy run with strides to encourage good form

Aerobic Zone 2 paced run focus on good running form (engage core, slight lean forward from hips to ensure mainly landing on ball of foot when making contact with ground) with a Stride every 5mins

Sample Day 7
1:32:18
24.85mi
100TSS
Long bike endurance focus

Long endurance based bikes in the base period are to build your endurance and should be in the z1/z2 HR range

Steven Moody Current Triathlon Ireland Coach of the year
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*Triathlon Ireland coach of the year award winner 2017 based on athlete/peer voting*

Coach Steve has over 20 years experience in endurance sports racing, including numerous IRONMAN and 70.3 finishes (including 2xworld champ qualification)

As a full time coach (TP level 2, Ironman U certified), Steven specialises in helping time Age Group triathletes and runners realize their goals.

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