June 15, 2021 at 6:28 am #12712
i am looking to find a way of combining a sprint training program to finish beginning of September and a half marathon program to finish early october. is this possible and if so how would i do it! thanksJune 15, 2021 at 5:17 pm #12725
Thanks for posting on our forums.
This is bit tight. The two events are really close together, and they really require two different type of training.
Can you confirm which event is more important to you, the Sprint or the HM? That will influence my recommendation.
DavidJune 15, 2021 at 6:09 pm #12729
That’s a tough question. Today I would say the half marathon. I have already run a half this spring so I feel i have a good base. Interestingly I used the sprint level 2 to build my distance for the half marathon 🙂June 16, 2021 at 7:50 am #12749
Deb, got your supplemental e-mail, the Sprint it is!
Load the Sprint plan with an end date of Sept 11. And, add 30 minutes alternatively each week to your longest and second longest run. So, Week 1 your longest 90-minute run becomes 2 hours. Week 2 your second longest 60-minute run becomes 90 minutes and so forth every other week.
After the Sprint, load the HM plan for the remaining few weeks.
For your 1k swim (per your e-mail) you’ll be just fine on the Sprint plan.
DavidJune 16, 2021 at 5:44 pm #12759
thank you for your help!
one last question – how effective is the bike training if done solely outside given my trainer is put away for the summer? any suggestions? even with a power meter it is sometimes hard with the varying terrain…
thank you!June 17, 2021 at 3:45 pm #12769
Indoor and outdoor both have advantages over the other. Even if you have perfect cycling weather all the time, a combination of indoor and outdoor would lead to the best results.
So, bike training is very effective is done solely inside or if done solely outside. It is most effective if done some inside and some outside. However, you’ll do just fine if you are outside for the rest of the season.
If I had to pick one or the other to do 100% of the time, purely based on improving fitness, I’d pick outside.
DavidJuly 11, 2021 at 5:38 pm #13214
When you say add 30 minutes to week 2 60 minutes, which run should that be added to? An interval, cruise intervals or ?
ThanksJuly 12, 2021 at 10:02 am #13238
The 30 minutes added to the longest run will almost certainly fall on your Zone 2 Endurance run. The 30 minutes added to the second-longest run could be an easy run or an interval run, just tack on 30 minutes to the end of whatever run that ends up being.
DavidJuly 21, 2021 at 8:05 am #13398
Based on your advice above I have added 30 minutes to my longest run. Today I ran 2 hours and 19.5 km,
This seems like a lot of distance for a half marathon preparation that is in October.could you please confirm this is what I am supposed to do?
As well you advised a friend to add 20 minute as opposed to the 30. Please explain!
ThanksgivingsJuly 21, 2021 at 4:48 pm #13405
In my position, I have to make the best guess based on limited information about the athlete. I happen to know your age and gender and have access to your athletic history in TP, and based on that information I felt up to 2 hours every other week was appropriate. For your friend, I suspect I had less information and made a best guess at 1:50 for every other week (20 minutes instead of 30). I must have considered them either younger or more fit.
We do offer a paid custom plan service which would dial-in your Sprint/HM hybrid goals much better, but the forums is Free, and probably less precise. I suspect that even on a targeted Sprint/HM hybrid custom plan, you’d be up to 2 hours by mid-August anyway.
I could be wrong! And no harm in reducing that down to 20 minutes if you feel you are building the necessary HM fitness.
DavidJuly 21, 2021 at 5:06 pm #13406
Thanks for this response!
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