This plan is targeted for an athlete with at least 1-2 years of triathlon experience. Because of the hill work in the plan it is ideal for a course like IM Coeur d'Alene.
Along with building the volume of the three disciplines to provide the athlete with the confidence of having a solid finish in an Ironman-distance triathlon, this plan will help the athlete build swim/bike/run-specific strength during the training with muscle tension intervals and hill repeats. The full spectrum of cardiovascular development is also targeted to provide the athlete with the greatest chance of increasing his/her aerobic capacity.
The plan is periodized with a rest week every fourth week and has a three-week linear taper to allow the athlete to absorb the training dose.