Tyler and I are training for The North Face Endurance Challenge 50K on April 28, 2018, as well as our first Ironman (Ironman Canada on July 29, 2018). To prepare, we created an 8-month training regimen. To learn more about how we created this plan, check out “Ironman/Ultramarathon Training Plan: Weeks 1-5.”
Below is the schedule we followed for training weeks 11-15. The volume remained high during this time period, so we continued our tradition of planning out the week ahead every Sunday evening.
Though I’m a big fan of training plans and I typically adhere to them about 90%, I also believe in the importance of enjoying vacations, even while training. This month we adjusted a week to accommodate our annual ski trip to Lake Tahoe. We still squeezed in a few workouts after hitting the slopes, but we didn’t worry about sticking to our original plan. (You can read more about our Tahoe adventures here.)
8 Month Ironman/Ultramarathon Training Plan
Training period: Weeks 11-15
Time until Ironman: 6 months
Time until 50K: 3 months
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 running and exercising are TOTALLY AWESOME, they also come with risks. Be bold, but be smart!