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L1 Ironman long runs midweek

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    Hi all,

    Will be getting to the specific phase of the plan in a few weeks, question is has anyone moved the midweek (Thursday) long runs to the weekend?

    I realise that the weekends will be a drain on the system but trying to get a 2 hr + run in during the week is neigh on impossible. Thinking of doing the brick sessions on the Saturday and then the long run with the swim on the Sunday. Doing it this way almost guarantees running on tired legs 😂

    Thoughts / advice ?


    David Warden


    Your idea is the way age-group athlete trained for years. It’s not a terrible way to train. It increases specificity at the expense of run fitness. Your proposal will work, we just think that our method is better.

    There are just 4 mid-week long run sessions in your plan: weeks 16, 17, 19, and 20. If you can pull of 1 of those mid-week as scheduled, great! Two? Fantastic. Zero? No problem.

    Another option is to switch up the long ride and run: Do the long run Sat and long ride Sun. I’d just do this once.

    Maybe an ideal compromise is one mid-week session that you manage to pull off, one run-then-bike Sat-Sun “brick” and two bike-then-run Sat-Sun bricks. Gives you two long runs on fresh legs.


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