Iron Distance- I Just Want to Finish!
This is a perfect introduction to the 140.6 mile race. If you're looking to check "Ironman" off your Bucket List, you've come to the right place. This is our most conservative plan with lots of hand holding. As with all our plans, durability, injury prevention and recovery are emphasized. Motto: Finish the race with a smile on your face!
This 140.6 / iron distance "just finish" plan is 16 weeks in duration and was designed by Coach Al. If you are moving up from the “Olympic” or "70.3 / half iron" distance and need a plan that will give you the endurance and stamina to FINISH an iron distance race with a smile, this plan will do it for you.
You should have completed a base period of training prior to embarking on this plan. Each week of training progresses steadily in volume, and includes 9 to 13 hours per week of total training hours, composed of 2 to 3 swim sessions, 3 to 5 bike and run, as well as race specific “brick” (bike to run) sessions. The plan also includes specific guidance for recovery and is very easy to follow. While training for an iron distance race requires commitment and sacrifice, it should still be an enjoyable experience, so expect to keep training “fun” with this plan, but also expect to lift your fitness too.
As a special BONUS, each plan comes with a 30-page TRAINING GUIDE for you. You’ll get tips on race fueling, daily eating, equipment, race day execution, mental training strategies, and much much more!
Here’s what a sample week from the plan looks like in “Training Peaks”: