"You are an IRONMAN®!” When you hear these magical words as you cross the finish line, you’ve accomplished something very special.
Designed for EXPERIENCED triathletes with multiple IRONMAN and/or Half IRONMAN finishes, the primary goal of this training plan is to prepare you to EXCEL in YOUR IRONMAN RACE.
Designed by Exercise Physiologist and Coach David Glover, MSE, MS, CSCS, this plan encapsulates his education, experience - 28 IRONMAN distance finishes with an 8:51 PR - success and passion coaching hundreds of triathletes to achieve their excellence...beyond what they knew they could do.
Beginning 24 weeks before your goal race, this plan begins with a 6-week prep period (7.5 to 8 hrs) then progresses through three base periods and one build period (16.5-18 hrs is biggest training week) prior to tapering for your race. Each week typically contains 3x swims, 3x bikes and 3x runs plus 1 BRICK run. Long rides are on Saturday with long runs on Sunday. Monday is the designated day off. Using the plan, you will build up to: 3,800 yards (or meters) swimming, 5-6 hours biking and 2.5-3 hours running.
Prior to using this plan, you should be able to complete the following workouts:
Purchase of this plan includes our comprehensive 40+ page Triathlon Training Guide, which explains how to use your training plan plus email access to David Glover at any time for questions that you may have about this plan.
For more information about this plan, please DOWNLOAD the Description Document.
Training for another race distance? We also have training plans for IRONMAN 70.3 Triathlons and Sprint & Olympic Triathlons plus Running Races (from 5k to marathon), too.
300 easy CHOICE
4 x 50 FR (fast Z5, easy Z1), r15s
2 x 100 FR start easy and build to Z4, r20s
100 FR easy Z1, r60s
1 x 1000 FR time trial - as fast as you can but pace yourself, r60s
See "Swimming Field Test" at http://www.enduranceworks.net/resources/ to calculate your swim training zones.
C/D: 200 easy CHOICE
Z2. Include 8 x 30s pick ups mixed in - accelerate to a fast cadence (no bouncing in the saddle) to get your muscle fibers to fire faster.
Whole body strength exercising with focus on core
Z2. Nice and smooth. Keep upper body relaxed.
Field test to set your training zones for the bike.
Download and follow "Cycling Field Test" protocol at http://www.enduranceworks.net/resources/ to calculate your bike training zones using power, heart rate or perceived effort.
Your training zones may change over time.
Z1/Z2 easy run. Nice and relaxed.
100 FR easy and relaxed, r10s
2 x 100 Float Kick Drill, r10s
2 X 50 FR Steady
300 FR steady Z2 pull, r30s
6 x 50 FR steady Z2 (maintain same pace across all 6), r10s
300 FR steady Z2 w/ Paddles, r30s
4 x 50 FR (25 Fast, 25 Easy), r15s
C/D: 300 FR easy with Pull Buoy focusing on long, gliding strokes
View swim drill videos: http://www.enduranceworks.net/resources/swim-drill-videos/