It’s hard to believe that the time is almost here. That’s right: It’s almost IRONMAN TIME!
As one of my ultra-running friends likes to say, “The hay is already in the barn.” In other words, hundreds of days of training have been meticulously logged, tears have been shed, boundaries have been broken, confidence has been gained, lost, and gained back again. The work is done, and now it’s time to rest up, recover, and prepare for the big day.
Will Tyler and I cross the finish line on July 29th? If we do, will it take 11 hours, or will it take 17? Only time will tell, but we’re entering these final days feeling as prepared as possible thanks to our training.
Below is the 35-week training plan we followed. If you’re interested in signing up for your first (or second, or third!) Ironman, I hope this serves as a helpful resource for you!
(This plan was inspired by one from wetri.today. We tweaked it liberally to accommodate life (a.k.a. vacations!), how our bodies were responding, and other races we wanted to complete during our training period. It assumes that the user already has a solid base fitness level and consistent running background.)
View as a PDF here: 2018 Live to Live Ironman Training Plan
2018 Ironman Canada Training Plan
As always, listen to your body and your doctor when starting a new fitness program. I’m an enthusiast, but not a healthcare professional. Although exercise is TOTALLY AWESOME, it also comes with risks. Be bold, but be smart!