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2014-03-06 9:21 AM

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Subject: IM Training Schedule
I really want to bump up to a full IM. I have completed one HIM, am in my 3rd season of triathlon, and am scheduled to do IM StG 70.3 in May. One thing keeping me from it is the time for the training, specifically long rides and runs. I work full time, have a family, and do not train/race on Sunday for religious reasons. Right now I do my long runs on Friday night (for HIM training they are 2-2.5 hours max) and long rides (at the most 3.5 hours) early Saturday mornings. But considering these runs and rides will potentially double in length at the peak of IM training, I don't know how to work it all in, it is a stretch doing what I do now.

I played with the idea of alternating long runs/rides on Saturday mornings. One week would be a long run, and the next a long ride. Would this be wise going two weeks between long runs or long rides? I would still do my regular week day training, which I don't think whill change a ton. I am also prepared to have a longer training schedule to work with that. Thoughts?


2014-03-06 4:11 PM
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First of all, training runs for a full don't need to double. Maybe a couple of 3 hour runs. Even that, some will argue is too long. You could be fine on a max run of 2.5 hours. Secondly, no need to do your long runs and long rides on consecutive days. For example, ride long on Saturday, run long on Tuesday. Argument is that you would be fresher for each of these and end up with better workouts.

Alternating weekends for long rides/runs isn't a bad idea. For weeks that you ride long, you could try to get in 2 "longish" runs.

Don't be scared of any particular plan, or thought that you MUST do things a certain way. There are many ways to train for a full IM. The best plan is the plan that works for you.
2014-03-06 5:53 PM
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Long bike ride EVERY week

long run ever second week. And what about breaking that long run into 2. so you do part of it mid week in the morning early and finish it at night. That with a good balance week would get you ok for a ironman.

but i would definitely put the focus on long ride over long runs.
2014-04-16 2:49 PM
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Originally posted by runnerx

First of all, training runs for a full don't need to double. Maybe a couple of 3 hour runs. Even that, some will argue is too long. You could be fine on a max run of 2.5 hours. Secondly, no need to do your long runs and long rides on consecutive days. For example, ride long on Saturday, run long on Tuesday. Argument is that you would be fresher for each of these and end up with better workouts.

Alternating weekends for long rides/runs isn't a bad idea. For weeks that you ride long, you could try to get in 2 "longish" runs.

Don't be scared of any particular plan, or thought that you MUST do things a certain way. There are many ways to train for a full IM. The best plan is the plan that works for you.


I agree with this. Your training runs may not need to be as long as you think. I am headed into a full IM training season and I plan for my longest training run to be 3:20 or so. That will be well over 20 miles for me and that's PLENTY. I don't think you can really prepare yourself for the kind of tired you will be during the last part of the IM run. Don't burn yourself out. Agree on the long bike. Doesn't have to be CRAZY long but get in those 4-6 hour rides once a week toward the second half of your training. Sounds like you have the right idea. Find a plan that works for you or consider talking with a coach.
2014-04-16 2:51 PM
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Originally posted by runnerx

First of all, training runs for a full don't need to double. Maybe a couple of 3 hour runs. Even that, some will argue is too long. You could be fine on a max run of 2.5 hours. Secondly, no need to do your long runs and long rides on consecutive days. For example, ride long on Saturday, run long on Tuesday. Argument is that you would be fresher for each of these and end up with better workouts.

Alternating weekends for long rides/runs isn't a bad idea. For weeks that you ride long, you could try to get in 2 "longish" runs.

Don't be scared of any particular plan, or thought that you MUST do things a certain way. There are many ways to train for a full IM. The best plan is the plan that works for you.


I agree with this. Your training runs may not need to be as long as you think. I am headed into a full IM training season and I plan for my longest training run to be 3:20 or so. That will be well over 20 miles for me and that's PLENTY. I don't think you can really prepare yourself for the kind of tired you will be during the last part of the IM run. Don't burn yourself out. Agree on the long bike. Doesn't have to be CRAZY long but get in those 4-6 hour rides once a week toward the second half of your training. Sounds like you have the right idea. Find a plan that works for you or consider talking with a coach.


Oh, and I will never be able to do the long run and bike on back-to-back days and after talking to many experience athletes that may be just fine. I just posted about flexible training plans. You should read some of the feedback I got and join the thread. I have learned a lot and had some of the same questions you do. I don't work FT but have three kids under 12 and two playing tournament softball, we own our own business, my husband coaches and does investments on the side, and I am on several committees, clubs, etc. I think you have to be flexible and if you have the heart to get it done you will find a way! Good luck to you.
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