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Half-Ironman in April 2022 (30 weeks left) – should I repeat 18 weeks plan?

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  • #14613
    funaki
    Participant

    Hi all!

    I’m a beginner triathlete – although I have done 3 70.3s already, I am basically bad at all 3 sports. That doesn’t take away from my enthusiasm though, and I am always thinking about how I can improve in any of the disciplines.

    My A event (and my only event for now), is a Ironman 70.3 in April 2022, about 30 weeks away. I’ve just bought and started my 18 weeks Ironman 70.3 Level 1 plan, but realizing that I’m going to end it 12 weeks before the event… I am left wondering what I should do.

    There likely won’t be any events before my 70.3, so I can’t / don’t want insert any race.

    A few of the options I thought of:

    1) Stop the 18-week plan – maybe focus on 1 or 2 sports over the next 12 weeks, and then start the 18 weeks plan, well, 18 weeks before the race. I would really like to improve on all 3 sports though, but question is if I wouldn’t benefit more from focusing on say cycling or running first.

    2) Stretch the current plan – repeat some of the initial weeks i.e. Week 1, week 1, week 2, week2, week 3, week 3, etc.. I would not be looking forward though to moving all the workouts manually in Trainingpeaks to make this work.

    3) Complete the 18 weeks, start a 12 weeks plan thereafter (or alternatively, re-start the last 12 weeks of the 18 weeks plan)

    I am curious as to what this group thinks what are some pros/cons. Clearly it’s highly individual and depending on what/how I set my priorities, but I’m really torn and maybe not entirely clear what all considerations are.

    Thanks much in advance!

    #14619
    Matt Fitzgerald
    Keymaster

    Welcome to the forums! Tip for he future: load your training plans so that the end date aligns with the date of your event. In your present situation, I recommend you follow our triathlon maintenance plan for the next 12 weeks and then start the 70.3 plan:

    https://www.8020endurance.com/plans/triathlon-plans/?fwp_plan_type=maintenance

    #14824
    funaki
    Participant

    Hi Matt – thanks for your reply!

    Did as you suggest. 1 question though: From the end of the maintenance plan (during which my projected fitness steadily increases) onwards, it seems my projected level of fitness seems to decrease/stay relatively flat for a straight 4 weeks before it picks up again.

    Is this due to the first month of the triathlon plan being more of a “base phase”? Should I adhere to this, or should I upgrade to a level 2 plan?

    Thanks much in advance!

    #14825
    Matt Fitzgerald
    Keymaster

    It won’t hurt you to take a step back in transitioning from the maintenance plan to the 70.3 plan. It will make no difference come race day. But if you upgrade to Level 2 you might overcook yourself before the race. A happy medium would be to pad the first few weeks of the Level 1 plan with a little extra volume.

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