- May: Falls Du (3 mile run, 14 mile bike, 3 mile run)
- June: Rocheterfest Olympic Distance Tri (.9 m swim, 24.8 m bike, 6.1 m run)
- July: Chisago Lakes Half Iron Distance Tri (1.2 m swim, 56 m bike, 13.1 m run--ok, 12.9 mile run)
- August (registered): this is a taper race- Tri-Star 111 MN (1.0 kilometer swim, 100 k bike, 10 k run)
I set up my training periods for the year in 4 week blocks progressively building up thru the season. These were 3 week work/training periods, followed by 1 week of recovery with reduced hours and reduced intensity. My hours peak during the weeks of August 1 thru 7, and August 8 thru 14. Both weeks are schedule at 13.75 hours of training. Many people say that you "gotta do at least 15 hour a week" for Ironman. Is that an average? If that was average, then you'd have some weeks up near 20 hours because of the reduced training for a recovery weeks. I thought, with building up to 13.75 hours I'll probably average 10 hours per week. Sounds right...right? Well, I just took a look at my training thus far, added what I plan for the rest of this week and I'll have 281 hours and some change in by end of day Sunday. Divided by 31 weeks of training so far this year (Jan 3 thru Aug 7) and that gives me an average of roughly 9 hours per week average. I'm going to finish IMWI on that? Yes. I. Am..
Joe (Moyer) told me the other day that there's this guy (named in the second link below) who actually trains 10 or less hour per week and goes sub-10 hours at IM distance races. WHAT?!?!
I did some searching and found a lot of information on this topic. Ther's a good one that provide some frame work for IM training which focuses on eliminating junk-miles from your training and only doing workouts that will benefit you. Obvious, right? You gotta read it. They say no easy training, but by that they mean no junk miles just to put time in for the sake of putting time in. I think that upper end endurance/tempo level counts as NOT being easy. They don't mean you go ALL OUT every time. You wouldn't survive. Anyway, take a look: 10 hour IM in 10 Hrs Per Week
Here's the link that Joe told me about. Quite a conversation: Training For IM 10 hours per Week