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Maintenance plan question

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    I have one question about my incoming maintenance period 🙂
    I want to use your “80/20 Triathlon: 2021 Edition Triathlon Maintenance (Pace and Power, 5 to 8 Hours per Week) – 12 Weeks”

    For next season I want to do your plan ‘80/20 Triathlon: 2021 Edition IRONMAN 70.3® Level 0 (Pace and Power, 4 to 10 Hours per Week) – 18 Weeks

    The problem is that maintenance plan is only for 12 weeks. If I start it in September it will finish too soon before I can start my main plan.

    What can I do ‘in the meantime” when the maintenence plan finishes?
    Can/Should I do maintenance plan once again?

    Thanks for help


    I actually came here to ask a similar question, so I’ll just add it to your thread instead of creating another one.

    I’m currently doing the Lvl 2 Ironman 70.3 plan, to prepare for a race in late October (Ironman 70.3 Portugal). In the next few years I’ll probably do the same event as my A race, always around the same date. I’m starting to think how to schedule my next season. I’ll probably take 1 or 2 weeks completely off training, and then I’m planning to start the 80/20 maintenance plan. The thing is, the plan is only 12 weeks.

    My question is: can I repeat the 80/20 maintenance plan 3 times back-to-back during my “off-season”, and then start the lvl 2 70.3 plan 19 weeks before the race?

    I also have a half marathon in April that I signed up with some friends, but I’m not planing to do any specific training for that.


    • This reply was modified 1 year ago by jmdcovas.

    I think there are a few options:
    1. taking time off after the first IM.
    Start the IM 70.3 Level 2 plan again even if you don’t have a goal race for that.
    After that you take off and continue with the maintenance plan. You can repeat it if needed. That’s what I would do. I would not be happy with only one full training cycle per year, but that’s just me.

    2. Alternatively you could repeat the maintenance plan twice or 2.5 times and/or repeat the first 3 weeks of the regular plan if you need to bridge a shorter gap?

    Maybe David has way better ideas though 🙂


    • This reply was modified 12 months ago by winoria.
    David Warden

    Sensei and jmdcovas,

    The Maintenance plan can be repeated, but I would not recommend more than just repeating a few weeks of the end of the plan. It begins to lose effectiveness if you repeat the entire plan from the beginning.

    When the time between now and when you start training exceeds 3 months, it’s time to split your training into multiple seasons.

    For example, Sensei, if you have 3 months before you start to train for your IM 70.3 event, then use the Maintenance plan (12 weeks). If more than 3 months, schedule another event between now and the start of your IM training, like a Sprint, or half marathon. Even if you can’t find an actual event, then just perform your own neighborhood event on your own.

    jmdcovas, same for you. I recommend you consider that you actually have two to three seasons every calendar year. The first season is May to October for your 70.3 training. The second season is from November to February for a half marathon, marathon… the third season is a an Oly in May.

    In summary, if your gap between training plans is more than 3 months, then create a new event anchor(s) to fill the time.



    Thank you so much David and Winoria, that was very helpful.


    Thanks a lot

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