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Training Plan selection and maintenance for the season

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    peytonthompson15
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    Hello, I am really enjoying the 80/20 plans so far. I completed the 70.3 level 2 plan for 70.3 Gulf Coast in May and I am currently training on the 70.3 level 3 plan for St. George 9/18/21.

    I am considering racing Ironman 70.3 North Carolina 10/23/21. Would it be best to run the maintenance plan for the rest of September and before the race in October(about 5 weeks) or to redo the last couple of weeks of my 70.3 level 3 plan?

    Additionally, I am planning to begin Ironman level 3 on February 13, 2022, in preparation for Ironman Lake Placid on 7/24/2022 as an A race with Ironman 70.3 gulf coast May 7, 2022, as a B race. That would give me 16 weeks between Ironman 70.3 NC and Lake placid. I need some guidance on what to do during those weeks. I was planning on running Olympic level 3 to add some variation during that time as I will be racing approximately 3-5 short course races(exact dates TBD, low priority compared to Ironman events) from October 2021- May 2022.

    Please let me know your suggestions. Thanks so much!

    #13814
    Matt Fitzgerald
    Moderator

    After North Carolina, take a week of rest, then do a week of base training (Week 5 would be good), followed by the last three weeks of the plan.

    Regarding 2022, I think the Olympic Level 3 option is clever and could work quite well.

    #13928
    peytonthompson15
    Participant

    Thanks for your response Matt.

    I’d like to hear your opinion on a block of more run focused training that I could implement after my 70.3 North carolina race. So you have some context, my 80/20 zone thresholds are as follows: swim threshold is 1:15/100yd, bike FTP 350 (4.375w/kg), for running I use power 385w but need to redo my threshold test in a recovery week. My power zones line up very similar to a threshold pace between 6:05-6:10 min/mile. My run and swim are definitely weaker compared to my bike and with the swim being the shortest I feel like my run needs to improve to make me more competitive at the world and national champ levels. Eventual goal is to earn my pro card in 2022.

    Something that came to mind is running the Olympic level 1 plan for bike and swim work along with a 10k level 2 plan for running. Bottom line is I want to improve my run to the level of my bike. Thanks for all you guys have done!

    #13935
    Matt Fitzgerald
    Moderator

    I generally advise against imbalanced training for triathlon. With rare exceptions, I believe that triathletes should train with equal frequency for all three disciplines regardless of their specific combinations of strengths and weaknesses. The reason is that when you emphasize a weakness, you get weaker in your strength at the same time you get stronger in your weakness. The best time to shore up a weak discipline is outside the context of training for triathlon events. For example, devote a chunk of your winter training to preparing for and completing a half marathon.

    There are subtle ways to emphasize a weak discipline within the context of race-focused triathlon training that I do endorse. For those who are weak on the run, I advise doing a short (10ish minutes) transition run after every bike ride.

    #14465
    Rick
    Participant

    To piggy-back on this thread… Cycling is my “weakness” or at least the discipline where I think I have the most room to improve. Is there a similar way to cleverly add some more emphasis on cycling during triathlon race-focused training?

    #14466
    Matt Fitzgerald
    Moderator

    You can level-up some of your rides–add an extra interval to interval sessions, slightly extend long rides, etc. I don’t know how clever that is, but it’s straightforward!

    #14469
    Rick
    Participant

    Straightforward for sure. Works for me! Thanks!

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