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Cycling events during Marathon level 1

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    Iḿ using Level 1 Marathon for 2.10.2021 race (A). I have an idea that I will do cycling instead off all foundation runs (3 times/week) during summer months (June-august). I´d also like to participate some non competitive cycling events during July and august.
    Cycling events are:
    – 3.7. Hilly 150km (about 5hrs)
    – 1.8. Flat 110km (about 3 hrs)
    – 29.8. Flat 140km (about 4 hrs)

    If I like to perform well in cycling events, I would need to do at least one longer bike session/week and maybe some faster rides during each week. How should I adjust my marathon plan to fit long weekend rides with weekend long run? During my summer holiday July I can do long cycling workouts also in the middle of the week.

    I think 29.8. Sunday 140km ride most problematic because there is 27km long run in same weekend.

    Is some way to do this or should I just skip the idea participating the cycling events because marathon is still my main goal?

    Matt Fitzgerald

    Unless the overall training load of the Level 1 plan is extremely easy for you, I don’t see how you can have it both ways. I think you should either do the best you can in the cycling events on limited bike training and/or just do the shortest event. Once you start replacing key run workouts with rides, your marathon preparation will take a hit.

    It is possible in principle to train simultaneously for running and cycling events, but it really requires that your entire plan be build around this agenda. Retrofitting a (relatively low-volume) marathon plan for this purpose is not the way to go.

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