12 week POWER BASED IRONMAN build plan- ADVANCED

Average Weekly Training Hours 20:21
Training Load By Week
Average Weekly Training Hours 20:21
Training Load By Week

This 12-week plan is written for an athlete who wants to be competitive at the Ironman distance. This plan requires the use of a power meter device AND an athlete that has already established their power training zones.

Athletes intersted in this plan should already have a minimum duration on their long rides of 4 hours, a long run of 2.5 hours, and a swim at least an hour.

The emphasis of this plan in the first 5 weeks is on the bike gradually shifting to the run for the following 5 weeks. Swimming remains rather consistent throughout. Volume is relatively high at about 20 hours per week (plus or minus 3 hours with recovery periods in weeks 4 and 8). Key swims are scheduled for Tuesdays and Thursdays. Quality bike rides and runs are on Tuesdays, Thursdays and the weekends. There is a BIG day of training at the ends of weeks 3 and 7 with about 8 hours of combined swimming, biking and running (with 90 minute rest-nutrition breaks between) to help prepare you for the stresses of the race. The run taper begins 3 weeks before the race with the bike taper starting 2 weeks out and the swim tapering the week of the race. The week of the race may be customized by following simple instructions that week to fit either a Saturday or Sunday race.

Sample Day 1
0:30:00

Functional exercises for core strength and stretching. Otherwise, stay off of your legs today all you can.

Sample Day 2
1:15:00
200s at T-pace + 5”

WU: Start slow and gradually build pace/effort.
4 x 200 done as 100 swim, 100 kick
10 x 50 done as 25 drill (your limiter), 25 swim
MS: 8 x 200 (10”) at T-pace + 5 sec
CD: 200 easy. Stretch out your stroke
Total 3100

Sample Day 2
1:00:00
Cru ints, mod hill, 3-4x5' @ 4-5aZ

BT: Cruise intervals. On a moderate hill ( about 4-6% grade) run 4-5 x 5 minutes uphill. Build to heart rate 3-4 zones. Recovery is your descent time. Keep descents very slow and easy. Good form!

Sample Day 2
1:15:00
Masters, aerobic, form

Masters. Concentrate on form--NOT fitness! Move to a slower lane than usual.

Sample Day 2
2:30:00
Easy ride

Ride in 1-2 power zones, mostly 1 zone. Flat course. Low effort--light on pedals. Comfortably high rpm.

Sample Day 3
1:00:00
Strides, 6-8, count steps.

Strides. Warm up . On grass run 6-8x30 left-foot steps. Goal = 19-20 seconds. (Count 30 left foot strikes. Your time on left foot strike #30 should be 19-20 seconds. No faster. No slower.) On the recoveries skip 60 times (30 skips each leg alternating--as kids skip). Also include walking in recoveries. Perfect form! Zone 1 cool down.

Sample Day 3
1:00:00
Rolling, seated, z3

Ride a rolling course at FTP on the climbs. Otherwise, heart rate 1-2 zones. Mostly in saddle on hills to build & maintain hip strength.

Scott Iott
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Specializing in endurance athletes : triathletes, cyclists, runners as well as swimmers.

Specializing in endurance athletes : triathletes, cyclists, runners as well as swimmers.