All training together! :-)
What does everyone like about the Fink plan? There are so many plans out there it's hard to choose, and after a 70.3 of which I had 3 colds over 5 months, I realise the downside to overtraining and not properly resting on my rest day.
I read an interesting article about minimalist IM training, that it's the quality of the sessions and not necessarily the hours. Yes, one long run and cycle per work, but other sessions take in less mileage, with an average weekly total of no more than 13 hours per week.
Anyone know of, or has tried these types of plans?
I believe I only averaged 11 hours a week on my first one and still ended up completely over trained. Fink's Intermediate plan only has that much in the peak phase of the Intermediate program. An average weekly total of 13 hours a week can add up to a lot of training!
Just Finish ProgramBase Phase – Just Finish Program – Weeks 1 to 10Begins with 3 hours a week, concludes with almost 7 hours a week Averages about 5 hours a week Build Phase – Just Finish Program - Weeks 11-20Begins with around 7 hours a week, concludes with about 9 hours a week Averages about 8 hours a week Peak Phase – Just Finish Program - Weeks 21-30Begins with around 10 hours a week and remains at that for 8 weeksAverages about 9 hours a week
Intermediate ProgramBase Phase – Intermediate Program – Weeks 1 to 10Begins with 6 hours a week, concludes with 11 hours a week Averages about 8.5 hours a week
Build Phase – Intermediate Program - Weeks 11-20Begins with around 11 hours a week, concludes with about 12.5 hours a week Averages about 11.5 hours a week Peak Phase – Intermediate Program - Weeks 21-30Begins with around 13 hours a week and peaks at 15 hours a weekAverages about 13 hours a week
Competitive ProgramBase Phase – Competitive Program – Weeks 1 to 10Begins with 6 hours a week, concludes with 11 hours a week Averages about 8.5 hours a week
Build Phase – Competitive Program - Weeks 11-20Begins with around 12 hours a week, concludes with about 16 hours a week Averages about 13 hours a week
Peak Phase – Competitive Program - Weeks 21-30Begins with around 16 hours a week and peaks at 20 hours a weekAverages about 15 hours a week
Orca-good weather and a PB would be perfect!.
Frodo-I lived there as a lad and follow the Town.....real football!
Last long run of marathon plan today a quick 10 miler.
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I'm renaming AH as Mother Hen for all the parental style advice she is handing out on this thread...
Btw Postie, are you doing Outlaw? Seems very early to be starting Fink.
Oh hang on, did you say you were planning to repeat the first few weeks to just get your body used to that kind of training?
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Btw Postie, are you doing Outlaw? Seems very early to be starting Fink. Oh hang on, did you say you were planning to repeat the first few weeks to just get your body used to that kind of training?
I am doing the bike leg of a relay team at Outlaw ( then Vit in Sept), I just want to train to IM standard just to prove to myself that I could do it.... if I wanted to and also lose some of the weight I have put on by being very lax about my training!. The reason I am not entering solo, is, I have had enough of running marathons, in particular,the marathon route of Outlaw(did it last year and had a really cr*ppy time of it). It also means I will get to see the OH finish(he's a tad quicker than me) .
I am planning to repeat the first few weeks of Fink until the D day.
Ah OK, I understand now. I don't think it's something I could do though as I don't think I could put myself through the IM training without having an IM race at the end of it. But I get where you're coming from.
Mofo, I've been feeling the same way. I've just been swimming, eating, putting on weight etc etc. I start IM training on November 21st (giving myself a 2 week cushion to account for work and life getting in the way during the 30 week training cycle) so over the next four weeks, I'm easing myself into it, improving my diet, starting to fit in one run and cycle a week, bring it up to 2 a week by the time training starts. Like OC says, it gets to the point where you just have to bite the bullet.
Quick question for those who have done multiple IMs. How do you get the motivation back year after year. I'm not scheduled to start training properly for another month and am just ticking over at the moment but even at that, I'm struggling with motivation.
well... year 3 hits and here we go again. I had a month off, and now I am raring to go..... 3 reasons I think
Thanks Andy, thats a very good article. Not sure about his calculation for aerobic training zone though. Sounds a bit simplified. But I'm sold on the endurance base philosophy.
@Orca, thanks for the Fink info. I think I may get that book. The programme I used for the 70.3 was on Beginner Triathlete which is a bit of a misnomer given the IM plan peaks at 18 hours per week. Recipe for burnout..
@Andy: 'm aware that monitoring your heart rate is essential, not only during training but also at rest. General rule of thumb is that if your resting HR (first thing in the morning before you get out of bed) is 10% higher than it normally is, your body is under stress, and you have to either skip training that day or take it really easy. These past ten months have made me realise how important rest is and 18 hours per week doesn't allow for much rest!
I'll get Fink and see what he says.
I've just dug up my 2004 training log;
Average 10:30 hours a week - I was struggling in the last few weeks before the race, I could've been over trained or just suffering with an unrelated random illness?
wk 1 - 20 hrs . wk 2 - 8 . wk 3 - 10 . wk 4 - 17 . wk 5 - 13.5 .wk 6 - 18.75 . wk 7 - 18 . wk 8 - 5 . wk 9 - 2 . wk 10 - 8.25wk 11 - 15 . wk 12 - 15 . wk 13 - 9.25 . wk 14 - 9.25 . wk 15 - 7.75wk 16 - 16.5 . wk 17 - 12.25 . wk 18 - 8.25 . wk 19 - 8.75 . wk 20 - 6.25wk 21 - 1.5 . wk 22 - 9.25 . wk 23 - 3.75 . wk 24 - 2.5wk 25 - 16 - Race week: (includes 12:38:08 for the race)
I'm on week 6 of my preparatory training and I've averaged 18.7 hours a week;
Wk 1 - 22.5 hrs . wk 2 - 23 . wk 3 - 16.75 . wk 4 - 14 . wk 5 - 17.25
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