September 12, 2021 at 9:42 am #14395BerghutzeParticipant
Dear 80/20 Endurance-Team,
First of all, I would like to thank you for your well-structured trainingsplan(s). I recently finished my very first triathlon (Ironman 140.6 Thun) and I crushed it!
Finishing an Ironman was a lifetime goal. Although I had a strong background in long-distance running and mountain biking, however, my poor swimming technique (I couldn’t crawl at all) was always the reason why I never seriously pursued this dream. My triathlon journey started 2 years ago when my little sister decided to register for an Ironman 70.3, which was the push I needed. The plan was to utilize the preparation for the 70.3 for a full-distance one year later (and of course to be better than my sister). Fortunately, I stumbled across your training books on Amazon at that time. Convinced by your training philosophy, I purchased your level 1 plans for Ironman 70.3 and Ironman 140.6 and started to take swimming classes. I made great progress with the latter, but then Corona hit Germany like a truck and swimming was no longer possible. Long story short, the 70.3 was cancelled and the very first triathlon that took place was the Ironman 140.6 in Switzerland (Thun). Regarding swimming I just had access to pools 3 months prior to the event. Nonetheless, on race day I nailed it! I was so well prepared and my nutrition and pacing strategy paid off with a Swim in 1:00:21 (shortened to 3k), Bike in 5:45:42 (hilly course) and a Run in 3:47:54 (flat), resulting in a finish time of 10:44:41. It is amazing to see how fit I have become in the last two years. And I owe the latter in large part to you and your plans, which allowed me to build up this fitness without any injury or periods of demotivation. So once again, thank you very much!
Now, of course, the questions arises how to proceed. I am still signed up for an Ironman 70.3 (the one that was postponed during the preparation), which I would like to finish in sub 5 hours. Is this realistic, based on a finish time of 10:45 on the long distance? And can I achieve this goal with the 70.3 Level 1 plan I have already obtained? Or would you rather recommend the Level 2 version? Would I have to purchase the Level 2 version again or is this still covered by the level guarantee? And the most important question, how can I convince my wife that I need a triathlon bike?
Besides that, another long-standing goal is to finish a marathon in under 3h (current PB is 3:12). Which of your running plans would you recommend? Level 1 or Level 2? Do you give in those plans some advice regarding cross-training? Or should I simply replace the foundation runs with cycling?
Thanks again and all the best,
ArnoldSeptember 12, 2021 at 4:09 pm #14397Matt FitzgeraldKeymaster
I would say that sub-5 is realistic, and you should be able to make additional progress by repeating the Level 1 plan. The level guarantee is not intended for the use you’re contemplating. I think you can handle the Level 2 marathon plan. There are guidelines for cross-training contained therein, but it’s as you suggest: Feel free to replace any Foundation Run with an Easy Ride.
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