IRONMAN® Training Plan (Novice, 18 Weeks, Saturday Race), Email Support + Reusable
David Glover, MS, CSCS - More than 5,000 athletes have used my plans on TrainingPeaksAll plans by this Coach
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When you hear these magical words as you cross the finish line, you’ve accomplished something very special.
Designed for triathletes with limited or no IRONMAN® or 70.3® experience, the primary goal of this NOVICE training plan is to prepare you for a successful IRONMAN® race finish.
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 thousands of triathletes to achieve their excellence...beyond what they knew they could do.
Beginning 18 weeks before your target race, this plan progresses through three base periods and one build period (18-19.5 hours is biggest training week) prior to tapering for your race. Each week typically contains 3x swims, 3x bikes, 3x runs plus 1 BRICK run and 2x strength training. 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:
• Swim: 500 meters or yards continuously
• Bike: 2 hours
• Run: 60 minutes
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 about this plan.
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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.
• This training plan starts any Monday and can be set to end on race day.
• You can reuse this training plan for future races.
• This plan version assumes your target race is on a Saturday.
Training Plan Sample Week
Average Weekly Breakdown
|Workouts||Weekly Average||Longest Workout|
|3:30 hrs||2:30 hrs|
|2:37 hrs||1:40 hrs|
|5:13 hrs||5:00 hrs|
|1:25 hrs||1:00 hrs|
Day Off x1
|Workouts Per Week||Weekly Average||Longest Workout|
||3:30 hrs||2:30 hrs|
||2:37 hrs||1:40 hrs|
||5:13 hrs||5:00 hrs|
||1:25 hrs||1:00 hrs|
Training Load By Week
This plan works best with the following fitness devices:
- Heart Rate Monitor