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2012-02-05 12:11 PM

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Subject: Good free Ironman training programs

I am planning on doig my first IM in 2013. I am looking for a good training program and don't want to pay for one if I don't have to. Anyone use a good free program other then the one here on BT?

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2012-02-06 8:54 AM
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Subject: RE: Good free Ironman training programs
Not free, but like $12-15 for Be Iron Fit by Don Fink. Has a few levels of plans, and tons of valuable info. In the grand scheme of how much you'll spend on everything, this doesn't even amount to a drop in the bucket.
2012-02-06 11:07 AM
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Thanks you are the 2nd one to recomend this. I guess I don't want to pay lets say $100 bucks for a okplanwhen I could get Ironfit for $15 that maybe a better plan. So i guess I should rephrase the question. What is the best training plan out there for the price you pay?
2012-02-06 11:40 AM
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garrunning - 2012-02-06 9:07 AM What is the best training plan out there for the price you pay?

Not to be pedantic, but there is no "best training plan out there", there is only best for you and your circumstances. Whether it's a free Internet plan or $500 a month personalized, coached plan, it could be great or it could be bad

People have a lot of good things to say about Fink's plans, and it's only a $15 book.  And $15 is nothing in the scheme of things.

For my 8 IMs, I've used Mark Allen Online coaching, a triathlon coach at $250 a month, BT online gold member IM plan with fiddling from me, "winging it" based on previous plans, last year Fink's competitive plan, and this year Fink's intermediate plan with an emphasize on intensity.

The coach was good but expensive, and ultimately I dropped her because I couldn't justify the expense vs. not having the time to actually do the plan she was writing for me.

I was OK with the BT plan and winging it, but I had trouble following the plans (time constraints again) plus I wasn't thoughtful enough about how I went about adjusting them.

Last year I found Fink's 2nd edition book and really liked it the plans - they work well for me. They use bricks during the week and weekend warrior type training.  No long Wednesday ride - many plans have a mid-week 3 hour bike ride and there is ZERO way I can accommodate a 3 hour ride consistently on Wednesday.  I like bricks, and I can do five hour rides on the weekend. I had a lot more success following Fink's plans because they fit my life. Even so, the competitive plan was too much time for me last year; I had to cut back some of the key weeks. So this year I've committed to the lower-volume intermediate plan and plan to push the intensity. Last week was week one and so far so good. :-)

2012-02-06 12:17 PM
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Thanks for the reply Bruce, I see your point of view and appriciate the honesty. From the sounds of it Fink's plan should work for me. Depending on my work load and if I am on call or not really determines how and when I can train. Most days I do two hours in the morning then an hour or so at night. Weekends like you are pretty open.

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2012-02-06 2:39 PM
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I've also heard good things about Fink's plans - I used Gale Bernhardt's book - training plans for multisport athletes.  She's got a number of different plans in there depending on your goals for IM.  I used the 13 wk. plan to a 13 hr. IM.  I lengthened the longest bikes by about 30 mins. or so.  Finished IMFL in 13:11.  This time around I'll be using mostly the 13 wk. to a sub-13 hr. IM.   I don't enjoy being on a "structured plan" for long periods of time but I am comfortable working myself up to a point where I can handle the training load of the plan. Good luck!


2012-02-06 7:34 PM
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I'm using BeIronFit for IMCDA.  Best accidental purchase I ever made.  I bought it in an airport when i forgot the book I was reading at home.  Its got so much more than just the plan for the $15 I spent for it.
2012-02-07 11:22 AM
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Last year I used finks plan as well.  I went for the competitive plan, but some weeks I trasined the intermediate.  I think i was well prepared for my first IM.

Bruce- what is the difference in vol 1 & 2? 

2012-02-08 12:18 PM
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Subject: RE: Good free Ironman training programs

This was great to read this thread.

I'm training for my first half iron distance in August and the plan that I have written out is part BT plan and part "what fits in my real life" plan. I think I'll also spend the $15 to get Don Fink's plan/book just to add to the mix.

Thanks!

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