Pre-made or Bespoke Ironman Training Plans?

Are pre-made Ironman training plans a bad idea?

6 messages
27/12/2009 at 10:11
A recent post on TriFuel:


Quote: Pre-made training programs, as I have discussed before, should only be used by athletes competing in shorter distance races, not 70.3 or longer. The reasons for this are many ...
Unfortunately, I can't afford a coach and a lot of pre-made Ironman training plans, such as the ones in Be Iron Fit:

are based around the time you have available to train and seem to be planned in a very sensible manner. In the TriFuel article they don't actually say why using a pre-made Ironman training plan isn't a good idea.

Can anyone post a few pointers as to why they're not a good idea?

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cougie    pirate
27/12/2009 at 11:11
Exactly my thought kk - how the hell can a plan understand how your body is coping ? By all means - have a plan but adapt it to how you are feeling. Coach barleys plan of bike a lot, swim a bit and run a bit is better than training yourself into the ground.
27/12/2009 at 12:28

Ditto as above, take from these plans what suits yourself, but dont get stressed if you miss a session here and there.

seren nos    pirate
27/12/2009 at 13:43

I roughly followed the beginners free one on one the tri sites.........just adapted it because I CBA with swim drills or anything like that.........

I just adapted it and worked on rough times........

I suppose it all depends on what your aims are as well.............but best advice is to listen to your own body

27/12/2009 at 17:32

I think the trismarter people are saying that it is better for them if you pay them for a programme rather than trismarter posting a free plan on the internet.

I plan to use Fink, and like most adults will use it as a guide rather than a prescription.  Never having followed a programme before I want to be more consistent  and have some thought about the intensity.  I think pre-made does have that.  Cant see much downside. 

Bionic Ironwolf    pirate
28/12/2009 at 10:52

I'm using an amalgamation of several different plans plus Friel's intensity levels and juggling it to fit life events. A training plan set in stone never works for me - swim training is taken care of at our tri club sessions, we've got a coach who's better than any book. After running almost my whole life I think I know how to train for that. As far as cycling goes -  the Pirate motto of "bike a lot" combined with advice from/riding with better cyclists than me is the way I'm going for 2010.

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