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2011-09-16 1:47 PM

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I started triathlons this year, and have so far done one HIM and am scheduled to do the Austin 70.3 next month. With that foundation, I'm planning on signing up for ChesapeakeMan in 2012. My issue is that, unlike all of the shorter distances, there does not seem to be many online training plans available for this distance. I've noticed that a lot of sites have plans available for a fee, but wasn't sure if this was worth it or not. If anyone could let me know where their plan came from, and how happy they ultimately were with it, I'd really appreciate it!

If it's helpful, I'm not entirely sure of the time goal I have planned, but I can currently do a HIM in under 6 hrs. Also, I've done several marathons, and the bike is generally my strongest area. I'm a painfully slow swimmer, and don't particularly enjoy it on top of that, so it's by far my biggest frustration...



2011-09-16 2:05 PM
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There are some great plans at this web site. Pretty cool stuff. Good people too.
2011-09-16 2:11 PM
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In my opinion the swim is the easiest to fix..might be worth 1 or 2 lessons with a coach.  I was looking for plans myself a year ago and finally decided the best route was a coach.  For that distance I did not want to take any chances.  It was definitely an investment but not too bad and well worth it. 

There are definitely different ways of thinking when it comes to training also..so be sure whatever plan you find is in line with what works for you..long slow distance or shorter harder efforts.

Good luck!
2011-09-16 3:00 PM
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I'd recommend the plans on this site as well.  Also if you could check out your local library to see if they have some the better tri books (Iron Fit, Triathletes Training Bible, etc.) with these you'll get a few different plans and some good reading, advice, and quasi-coaching for free.
2011-09-16 3:26 PM
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Thanks for all of the advice! I've actually taken a couple of lessons with a swim coach, and plan to meet with her again this winter, since the discrepancies between my swim performance versus my bike and run are fairly ridiculous.

I'm also considering hiring an all around coach, which I suppose would negate the need for me to find a plan, since presumably they would provide me with one, but I'll make that decision a bit down the road...

2011-09-16 3:39 PM
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mrbbrad - 2011-09-16 3:05 PM There are some great plans at this web site. Pretty cool stuff. Good people too.

Nah, the people there are all jerks.



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This is still my favorite free training program for 140.6.   It gives a lot of detail to the workouts and they all tend to be enough different to keep it interesting.

http://www.trifuel.com/triathlon/ironman-workouts/

2011-09-16 6:29 PM
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I have used the training plans from this book, twice.

http://www.amazon.com/Triathlete-Magazines-Essential-Week-Training/dp/0446696765

This book is great because there are multiple plans/levels; from beginner Sprint to advanced Ironman.  I followed the Full Ironman level 3 (IMFL) and level 7 (IMLOU) and was happy with my training for both.  It is very detailed and takes some "decoding" so to speak, but it is definately worth the time.

2011-09-16 6:37 PM
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I followed the Don Fink Be Iron Fit Plan (Competitive plan) and will do it again for my next race.  IM Louisville in 11:58

you can get the book online or at any bookstore.

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tamason - 2011-09-16 5:03 PM

This is still my favorite free training program for 140.6.   It gives a lot of detail to the workouts and they all tend to be enough different to keep it interesting.

http://www.trifuel.com/triathlon/ironman-workouts/

 

I think this was a great program as well. I used in the my first IM Louisville! Loved how detailed all the workouts were.

2011-09-17 8:12 AM
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Well, that's at least two ringing endorsements for the Trifuel plan, so I will likely look into that initially. It's definitely much more involved than anything I've done in the past, but maybe it's about time I really apply myself and find out what I'm capable of. Up to this point, I've generally stuck to swimming, biking and running at whatever pace I felt comfortable at that particular day and as long as I covered X distance, all was good. I suppose if I want to be a serious athlete, I should finally do some serious training!


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marathongirl11 - 2011-09-16 7:29 PM

I have used the training plans from this book, twice.

http://www.amazon.com/Triathlete-Magazines-Essential-Week-Training/dp/0446696765

This book is great because there are multiple plans/levels; from beginner Sprint to advanced Ironman.  I followed the Full Ironman level 3 (IMFL) and level 7 (IMLOU) and was happy with my training for both.  It is very detailed and takes some "decoding" so to speak, but it is definately worth the time.

I'll be using this book for my offeseason this year and 70.3 next year. So far, it's taken some time to decode it, but I'm doing it now to get it out of the way. Glad someone else has used it and liked it!

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marathongirl11 - 2011-09-16 6:29 PM

I have used the training plans from this book, twice.

http://www.amazon.com/Triathlete-Magazines-Essential-Week-Training/dp/0446696765

This book is great because there are multiple plans/levels; from beginner Sprint to advanced Ironman.  I followed the Full Ironman level 3 (IMFL) and level 7 (IMLOU) and was happy with my training for both.  It is very detailed and takes some "decoding" so to speak, but it is definately worth the time.

 

The plans seem good by I have a major issue with this book - the "CODE" he uses to describe the workouts is maddening. It would be bad enough for 10 different codes, but he has upwards of 20, like SCD, etc. and a ginormous chart for each of them.

 

WHen you're trying to integrade his workouts into your calendar, it gets nuts. 

 

Those codes absolutely killed any value of that book for me, unfortunately. (And I know many others who feel the same way.) Still, he's a reputable coach and the content seems excellent. 

2011-09-17 10:24 AM
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I have used both a modified BT plan and an Iron Fit plan and had success with both.  I do like the intensity sessions offered in the Iron Fit plan and saw much faster fitness gains from that one.
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marathongirl11 - 2011-09-16 6:29 PM

I have used the training plans from this book, twice.

http://www.amazon.com/Triathlete-Magazines-Essential-Week-Training/dp/0446696765

This book is great because there are multiple plans/levels; from beginner Sprint to advanced Ironman.  I followed the Full Ironman level 3 (IMFL) and level 7 (IMLOU) and was happy with my training for both.  It is very detailed and takes some "decoding" so to speak, but it is definately worth the time.

I used this for my half IM and my first full IM this year. I liked it because of the levels. I actually did a little mixing and matching. Two things, I found though: the recovery weeks was not enough recovery, so I would do the recovery for the level below what I was doing. Also, I felt that there should be at least one or two longer bricks (I did levels 2/3 for my IM). Other than that, I really liked it and will use it again next season.

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marathongirl11 - 2011-09-16 6:29 PM

I have used the training plans from this book, twice.

http://www.amazon.com/Triathlete-Magazines-Essential-Week-Training/dp/0446696765

This book is great because there are multiple plans/levels; from beginner Sprint to advanced Ironman.  I followed the Full Ironman level 3 (IMFL) and level 7 (IMLOU) and was happy with my training for both.  It is very detailed and takes some "decoding" so to speak, but it is definately worth the time.



X2 on this book. I have used these plans for several 70.3 and my first 140.6 races. Also have several training partners that have used them successfully as well. Probably the most usefull book I have purchased.


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