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2010-05-26 8:01 AM

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I know there are people out there using his plans...has anyone found that the recovery week isn't much recovery?


2010-05-26 8:17 AM
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Subject: RE: Matt Fitzgerald's Training plans
everyone is going to have different needs. Feel free to modify the plan to best suit your own. If that means more recovery, take more recovery. If you find you are needing a TON of recovery, then perhaps the previous weeks are too much right now, and cut back a bit on those.
2010-05-26 11:33 AM
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I am using his plan to train for an IM right now, and I used his plans to train for two HIM's last year.

I think what distinguishes his plans from a lot of other ones is that there is a long ride and run every other week, as opposed to every week. So it is really almost like instead of having a full-blown recovery week every fourth week, it's like you have a full week, then a partial recovery week, full week, partial recovery week. So instead of getting one total recovery week per month, you get two partial recovery weeks. For example, if you look at my past three weeks in my training log, I had a 19+ hour week, then 13, then 13 (did a HIM this past weekend in place of the scheduled long ride, so would have been 19), and now is a "recovery" week of 12 hours.

It has been working for me so far but I think I will stop using his plans after my IM. I prefer having the long run and ride every weekend and then having less volume during the week. I would have rather done just 15-16 hours each of the last three weeks instead.
2010-05-26 11:52 AM
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Use the plans as a guide.  As mentioned above, customize them to fit your needs.  He suggests taking one day off per week which is hard for me due to my work/life schedule.  I usually try and swim on my "days off" at a minimum.  His plans also don't seem to promote a lot of running so I typically add one per week.
2010-05-26 12:02 PM
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Subject: RE: Matt Fitzgerald's Training plans
I am/was using his plans for a HIM. I did all of the base work with his plan but as the intensity built I could not hang and I had to make modifications. I cut the recovery week a bit. Otherwise I started to miss workouts on regular weeks. I am a beginner though.
2010-05-26 12:06 PM
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Subject: RE: Matt Fitzgerald's Training plans
I have his book but haven't used one of his plans for at least a couple years...

BUT, if you don't think it's enough recovery, then feel free to modify it.  Less time or lower intensity.

Not to sound arrogant, BUT maybe if the recovery week is too hard and doesn't allow you to recover, maybe the plan as a whole is two hard?  How are you feeling during your bigger weeks?


2010-05-26 8:27 PM
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Agree with all that is said. I am adapting my rest week this week. I really like the ideas behind the Training Bible, but needed more guidance in terms of quantity. I think I will use Fitzgerald as a guide but incorporate the TB workouts. Just making it up myself in the past has worked very well.

On the day off--yeah, there's no way I can do a 2-a-day on the weekends, so i move my weekend swim to monday instead of taking the day off (except on recovery weeks). 
2010-05-26 8:47 PM
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I'm using one of his Olympic training plans right now, and I just modify it as needed.  I do like the format and find it a lot easier to at least use his as a guide than to try to write my own. As for the recovery week, if I need more I take it, if I don't, I don't.  
2010-05-26 9:14 PM
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UrsusAdiposimus - 2010-05-26 11:33 AM

I am using his plan to train for an IM right now, and I used his plans to train for two HIM's last year.

I think what distinguishes his plans from a lot of other ones is that there is a long ride and run every other week, as opposed to every week. So it is really almost like instead of having a full-blown recovery week every fourth week, it's like you have a full week, then a partial recovery week, full week, partial recovery week. So instead of getting one total recovery week per month, you get two partial recovery weeks. For example, if you look at my past three weeks in my training log, I had a 19+ hour week, then 13, then 13 (did a HIM this past weekend in place of the scheduled long ride, so would have been 19), and now is a "recovery" week of 12 hours.

It has been working for me so far but I think I will stop using his plans after my IM. I prefer having the long run and ride every weekend and then having less volume during the week. I would have rather done just 15-16 hours each of the last three weeks instead.


what level are you using for the IM?

2010-05-26 9:15 PM
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tri-dg - 2010-05-26 10:14 PM
UrsusAdiposimus - 2010-05-26 11:33 AM I am using his plan to train for an IM right now, and I used his plans to train for two HIM's last year.

I think what distinguishes his plans from a lot of other ones is that there is a long ride and run every other week, as opposed to every week. So it is really almost like instead of having a full-blown recovery week every fourth week, it's like you have a full week, then a partial recovery week, full week, partial recovery week. So instead of getting one total recovery week per month, you get two partial recovery weeks. For example, if you look at my past three weeks in my training log, I had a 19+ hour week, then 13, then 13 (did a HIM this past weekend in place of the scheduled long ride, so would have been 19), and now is a "recovery" week of 12 hours.

It has been working for me so far but I think I will stop using his plans after my IM. I prefer having the long run and ride every weekend and then having less volume during the week. I would have rather done just 15-16 hours each of the last three weeks instead.
what level are you using for the IM?


I am going with the level 7, although to be honest most weeks I just do three swims instead of four. Something always comes up!
2010-05-27 3:10 AM
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goobergirl98 - 2010-05-26 8:01 AM I know there are people out there using his plans...has anyone found that the recovery week isn't much recovery?


Yes, I absolutely do.  I usually cut them down a little bit. 


2010-05-27 6:04 AM
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I use an HIM plan published a few years back in Triathlete Magazine religiously.

I think that the point is that recovery doesn't always equal rest! There is a reduction in duration and intensity but the frequency and number of workouts remain. I guess if you feel you need rest the idea is to drop one of the 'non-key' sessions.

I have noticed in his taper weeks, the plan I follow has tapers for a mid plan sprint and olympic races as well as the ultimate HIM, that both duration & intensity and frequency & number of workouts decreases, this is I suppose a true rest period.
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