This is a 23 week Ironman Training Plan designed for Ironman Louisville and the use of a power meter. The Ironman Louisville course is unique because of the nature of the rolling bike course as a result this plan will include some hill training on the bike. Athletes should be able to make the swim cutoff time (2.5 hours), run 40 minutes without stopping and ride 2 hours consecutively before starting this training program. Weekly hours range from 10-15, with the average at about 13. Included in each week are three swims, three runs, and three bikes. The longer brick workout is written for Saturday and the long run on Sunday.
This plan takes a balanced approach to training and uses the philosophy of linear periodization. There is a base phase followed by a build phase then a two week taper phase. The two biggest determiners in successfully completing an Ironman are bike and run performance as a result these two sports are a key focus in this plan.
This plan can accomadate an athlete who uses a power meter on the bike and HR monitor, GPS watch or feel on the run.
Attached is a document that details training terms and definitions. Feel free to contact Scott Iott at email@example.com if you have any questions. Happy Training!!
Warm-up: 400 free easy, 200 kick, 200 pull MS: 3 x 400 fast :30 500 Time Trial Cooldown: 300 easy Record total time for the 500 time trial. Divide that time by 5 and that will be your 100 time, also known as your TPACE. Use this for future workouts.
Warm up then perform the following Drill: 3x(10 seconds high rpm, 10 secs higher, 10secs max, 60secs recoveries ) + 3x(30secs left, 30secs right leg dominant). 4-5 times. Small chain ring. CP180.
Warm up for a minimum of 20 minutes including several short accelerations. Then run 5k on a track or measured course at race pace. Record your total time, average pace, and average HR. Your average HR will be your LTHR for future workouts and your average pace will be your Threshold pace for future workouts. Go to my settings within TrainingPeaks and set up your new training zones.
On soft surface. Easy jog only. Check cadence several times (21 plus right foot strikes in 15 seconds).
BT: Long warm up. Then time trial 30 minutes. Flat out-back. Race effort. Record average power, speed & heart rate. Otherwise keep heart rate in zones 1-2.
Easy to moderate run on a gently rolling course. Check cadence: count left foot strikes 15 seconds. Goal is 22 or higher.
Ride in the 1-2 zones on a mostly flat course. Include pedaling drills such as: a) try to drive pedal straight forward from 9 to 3 o'clock, b) pedal with foot against the top inside of your shoe trying to avoid touching the insole, c) try to touch toes to end of your shoes at top of downstroke. Stay as relaxed as you can while doing these drills. No tension in feet, legs, hands, etc.