Ironman Training Schedules

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04/09/2003 at 09:34
Can anyone recommend a particular Ironman training schedule, or method?

Will be looking to do the larger distance sometime next year - probably TLD and one other-

I've read and have got quite a lot of info on trainign over the years, but thought something specific to Ironman distance might be worth investigating?
WildWill    pirate
04/09/2003 at 12:35
The "Triathletes Training Bible" (available from amazon) is a good starting point

04/09/2003 at 12:42
caspar, take a look at tt's website ( tt put some training schedules on that cover every distance.
04/09/2003 at 12:59

I have a few books on endurance training, and dip and out for knowledge, but I have never followed a rigid six month plan that was tailored for a specific event.

So I wasnt sure if it was better to floow an ironman plan or to folow individual schedules for the three disciplines
I have never done an ironman, but have done other long distance events and trained for long distances so my base fitness is there.
04/09/2003 at 15:40
There are schedules on
04/09/2003 at 16:16
Cheers Ironwolf
05/09/2003 at 09:03
Thanks for the Plan- I certainly know who Paula Newby Fraser is.

Have you hads success with this approach?

I found her schedule interesting in two points-

A stong advocate of weight training- a lot of schedules I have seen (primarily for shoter distances or just running/ cycling) seem to shy away from weights, or expect you to cram them in somewhere but not at the expense of one of the main disciplines

Her having just a main 8 week focus (including 2 week taper)- Mentally this must be a lot easier.
I definately started to feel the strain this summer after focussing 8 months soldily on the Marathon Des Sables and straight into 5 months focus for the UK Half Ironman.
I was (still am) mentally exhausted and low and behold I dislocated my arm in Sherboourne. I am not saying that mental exhaustion is the main reason for this, but could have been a factor
WildWill    pirate
05/09/2003 at 11:24
IW - I would not minde a copy of that schedule - i've drpped you a line

05/09/2003 at 17:38
I'd be intersted in that as well- I am just trying to work everything out for next year

although the PNF looks very tempting
WildWill    pirate
05/09/2003 at 19:20
IW - Cheers
WildWill    pirate
08/09/2003 at 18:26
the 13week one is on the website
08/09/2003 at 18:42
ah ha yeah I got that one

08/09/2003 at 21:12
If you buy Gale Bernhardt's book "Training plans for multisport athletes" It also has a 26 week IM plan and 2 half IM plans. I would really recommend it, you can get it from

09/09/2003 at 13:03

Have you looked at the tips page on Gordoworld (

Plenty of good stuff here.
10/10/2003 at 14:35
Thrilled to find this thread. I have been looking for a training schedule for IM for next summer to no avail. Thanks.
10/10/2003 at 14:50
ann, there is a training schedule on tt too i believe. go to
a few of us chat in there too.
10/10/2003 at 17:54
Thanks Daz. I will try that.
10/10/2003 at 20:29
"Training for Endurance" by Dr. Philip Maffetone He`s coached Mark Allen and Mike Pigg. I`ve used it for my 1st IM.
10/10/2003 at 22:43
Dazzy Boy - You used the MAF stuff?
I bought pccoach a few years ago but just couldn't or wouldn't allow myself to use the Maffetone approach of 180 - age (+- factor). Did you follow it strictly , and how did you do with this approach?

WildWill    pirate
11/10/2003 at 00:21
The book "Going Long" by JF & GB is aimed at IM distance training
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