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Adjusting Ironman Level 2 Plan Rest Week Frequency

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    Hi, I purchased the Level 2 IM program and your basic strength program and am in the third week. I have done 7 IMs, the last being 2015 and multiple Half Irons (usually around 6 hours) each year since. I am training for Ironman Canada in late August 2021 (all being well) I’m 65 this year and retired. I enjoy the process of training and have time to put in the work. However, I’m currently struggling a little to recover between sessions. I’m not able to swim due to lockdowns and living in Ontario lakes are a little cold right now. I’m wondering if you can recommend a way I can modify the program to provide a 2 week build, one week recovery rather than the prescribed 3 and 1 or recommend what workouts to skip if I need to. Thanks

    David Warden

    S, congratulations on your retirement!

    I’d like to recommend that instead of modifying the Level 2 plan, we get you the Level 1 plan. The Level plan is a 2:1 instead of the 3:1 build:rest ratio that you have in the Level 2. You can get that level for free by submitting a Level Guarantee at

    If you want to keep the Level 2 plan, it’s tricky to make this modification. Sort of like baking a calzone and then deciding you want it to be a pizza. It’s easier to just bake a new pizza.

    One way is to cut out every 4th week from the plan and remove weeks 2, 6, 10, 14, and 18. Then, repeat weeks 16, 17 and 19 to make up some of the lost weeks.

    Again, I think the Level 1 plan would be a better choice.



    Thanks David. Appreciate the quick response. I have submitted the level change request from 2 to 1.

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