Novice IRONMAN 140.6. 12 Week. 11 to 14 hours per week. Includes email access to coach.

Average Weekly Training Hours 10:52
Training Load By Week
Average Weekly Training Hours 10:52
Training Load By Week

Designed for Novice IRONMAN 140.6 triathletes. This plan will develop your endurance, strength and speed, guiding you to race day with 7 workouts per week.

"Too happy to wait to tell you, 13:01:34 is beyond what I ever thought I was capable of at my first Ironman. Amazing!" Andrew Mott, Cotswold 226, UK.

What's Included?

  • Flexible training plan with detailed workouts

  • Email access to coach

  • Full help centre and FAQ support

  • Exportable workouts to your devices

Is This Plan For You?

There are 2 swims, 2 cycles, 2-3 runs and a strength workout per week. There's a day off each week and every fourth week is easier. There are brick workouts and open water swims. With just 12 weeks left, to start this plan you should already be able to swim 3400m (with rests), cycle 4 hours and run 2 hours (not on the same day). Training zones are provided with HR, Feel, Power or Pace. You can start this plan any Monday.

• Screenshot of the first 2 weeks (JPG)

• Screenshot of the biggest 2 weeks (JPG)

Still not sure? If you buy this plan and then decide you'd prefer the Intermediate or Advanced version, email us within the first 14 days and we'll swap it free of charge.



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Sample Day 1
Strength & Conditioning Workout

Please click on the link below for your guide to the strength and conditioning workouts.

Sample Day 1
Pool Swim, Endurance

These sessions will be done at lower intensities, but will progress in duration. The goal is to build your swim endurance. Follow the distance guidelines below and don't worry about the time for now.

Warm Up:
200FC in Zone 2 + 15secs rest.

6x100 with fins if possible (+10secs rests) as:
Rep 1. 25 Side Kick L, 25 Side Kick R, 50FC
Rep 2. FC breathe every 5
Rep 3. 25 Front Scull/25FC
Rep 4. 25 Side Kick L, 25 Side Kick R, 50FC.
Rep 5. FC breathe every 5
Rep 6: PULL with optional hand paddles

Build Set:
8x50FC (+10secs rest) as...
Odds: 25 in Zone 4, 25 in Zone 2.
Evens: FC in Zone 4.

Main Set:
All in low Zone 4.
8x50 +5secs rests,
4x100 +10secs rest,
3x200 +20secs rest,
2x300 +40secs rest.

Warm Down
All in Zone 2.

Sample Day 2
Speed Skill Bike

These short mid-week workouts are well suited to an indoor bike trainer. They are fairly high intensity, so there's no need to make them longer.  

Warm Up:
15mins in Zone 2,

5x5mins in Low Zone 4 with 60secs recoveries in Zone 1.

Warm Down:
5mins in Zone 2

Sample Day 3
Threshold Efforts Run

These runs will develop your threshold running speed. They involve longer efforts at around your 1 hour race pace, with relatively short recoveries. 

Warm Up: 
15mins easy jog in Zone 2.

5 x 5 mins. Aim for upper Zone 4. + 2mins jog recoveries in Zone 2.

Warm Down:
5mins in Zone 2

Sample Day 4
Threshold Pool Swim

These swims involve threshold efforts with regular recoveries. They will build your sustainable speed for race day.

All in Zone 2:
2x200 as (50FC, 50BACK, 50FC, 50KICK) +15 secs rest,
200 alternating (50DRILL*/50FC) +15secs rest,

8x100 alternating (100FC/100PULL) in Zone 4 + 15secs rests.
4x50KICK in Zone 4 +15secs rests.
4x100FC as (50 in Zone 5/50 in Zone 2) +15secs rests.

All in Zone 2.
200 as (50FC/50BACK/50BREAST/50PULL)

Sample Day 6
Endurance Ride With Sub Threshold Sections

This is a long ride with several sub threshold efforts. These are faster than 'easy', but should not leave you feeling excessively fatigued. 

Warm Up:
1 hour 30 in Zone 2

Main Set:
4x10mins in in upper Zone 3 to low Zone 4. Plus 3mins recoveries in Zone 2.

Warm Down:
1 hour 38 mins in Zone 2

Sample Day 6
Run off the bike

Get off your bike and run. Do the first 10 minutes in Zone 3. Then ease down into Zone 2 for the last 10 minutes.

Phil Mosley
My Pro Coach

I have 20 years experience of helping amateur athletes surpass their goals, while still making sure they have quality time available for family, friends and career. As a parent who works for a living, I know how challenging this can be.

My training plans are intelligently designed around a typical work week. I set proven, time-efficient workouts in mid-week, with longer aerobic workouts at the weekends.

My training plans give you structure, consistency and progression. There are no shortcuts.