Choose this training plan if you are willing and ready to work very hard to achieve a great half-Ironman performance, but you don’t want even an ounce of waste in your training schedule.
The Level 6 plan is 20 weeks long and comprises an 8-week base phase and 6-week build and peak phases. A typical training week includes 3 swims, 3 rides, 3 runs, and a bike-run brick workout. The brick workouts fall on Wednesday in odd-numbered weeks and on Saturday in even-numbered weeks. Every fourth week is a recovery week. The final 10 days of the plan constitute a taper period.
Two tune-up races are scheduled. A sprint race is schedule in Week 12 and an Olympic distance race in Week 16. If you are unable to find opportunities for tune-up races you will do additional brick workouts instead.
The Level 6 plan begins with 5,200 yards of swimming, 4 hours and 40 minutes of cycling, and 2 hours and 23 minutes of running in Week 1. It peaks with 8,000 yards of swimming, 8 hours and 25 minutes of cycling, and 4 hours and 3 minutes of running in Week 17.