Well, I have never followed a training plan. But, for a Full Ironman, I thought that I should start. I looked at a lot of them, but “Be Iron Fit” by Don Fink kept rising to the top. Many have followed the plan and swear by it. It has 3 different intensity levels (“Competitive”, “Intermediate”, and “Just Finish”) This allows you to select the time commitment that works for you. I will start out the the competitive plan, but may drop down if I struggle to keep up.
There are 4 phases to the plan. The 10 week “Base” phase, the 10 week “Build” phase, and the 10 week “Peak” phase. Plan averages 12 hours/week and peaks at 20 hours/week. I will likely being doing more at first since I have a spring marathon and will need more running then the plan provides. By comparison, the “Just Finish” plan calls for 7 hours/week on average and peaks at 10 hours/week.
So, each week, I will posting a summary of what I needed to do, and what I actually accomplished. These will usually go up on Sunday. If anyone has any experience with this plan, please feel free to contribute.