IS THIS PLAN FOR YOU?
This Ironman plan is ideal for Advanced level age-group triathletes who work Monday to Friday, albeit with some time flexibility. It is designed to help you achieve peak fitness in time for your target Ironman event. To commence this plan I suggest you already have at least 2 years experience of regular triathlon training and racing and a minimum 3 months of recent training.
Generally there are between nine and eleven workouts per week, consisting of 3 swims, 3 cycles, 3 or 4 runs and a strength and conditioning workout. There are several days each week where you'll have two workouts per day. As there are just 8 weeks to go, this plan includes runs off the bike, race simulations and open water swims – all designed to get you race-ready. The fourth week is an active recovery period, with a lower training volume to help your body recover and adapt to the accumulative training load. There is a gradual taper towards the end of the training plan, to help ensure you're in peak shape for your event.
WHAT RESULTS CAN YOU EXPECT?
This training plan is challenging, especially if you're fitting it around a full time job. If you follow it consistently, it should significantly increase your fitness, confidence and race-readiness in time for your big race. Athletes who've followed this plan have gone on to qualify for Kona or set new Ironman PR's.
"Your sessions are excellent. Not only are they improving my fitness, but they're also helping me with the building blocks of improving technique, building mental resilience, how to pace, how to fuel, how to go by feel rather than fixating only on a number. You prepared me really well." Saif Al Assam, Ironman Frankfurt 2016.
HOW IT WORKS
Your training plan gives you detailed daily workouts, so you know exactly what to do each day. If you have Training Peaks Premium, you can drag and drop the workouts to suit your personal availability. I give advice on how to do this effectively in the instructions attached to day 1 of your training plan. I also use five different Training Zones so that you know how hard to train each day. You can use perceived exertion, heart rate, power, pace or a combination of all four.
This plan is designed by Phil Mosley who has written over 50 published training plans for UK magazines such as Triathlon Plus and Cycling Weekly. He is an 8 hour 55 minute Ironman finisher and an Ironman Certified Coach with 20-years experience. You can email him if you have any questions about your plan.