Usual plan was a long ride (3 - 5 hours) on a Wednesday, with some mates (when not in work). I also did weekly watt based turbo sessions. Mostly hard/max efforts of varying times......1 minute, 2 minutes, 5 minutes, 10 minutes. With varying recoveries........Progressive watt based turbo session e.g. 30 minutes at 180 watts, 30 minutes at 200 watts, 30 minutes at 220 watts.
Include into that hill repeats, using a hill that takes me 6 minutes to climb......Steady state riding for a couple of hours.......I also entered several TT races (10s, 25s and 50s).
Looking back at my plan (which was set for me by a coach) training seems to have alternated between run and bike days. Throw into that double days of training e.g. swim/bike days, swim/run days, swim/gym days.
One thing I am sure of is that cross training has kept my injuries to a minimum. Calf injuries/soreness is my weakness.
Put the training in, be consistent and you will get to the finish. Is it hard? Yes, that's why only a small percentage of the population have completed one. Enjoy the journey.
Further to John's info. The new metro tram line is now open which gives you the option of staying between the airport and Trafford bar stop. Just hop on the tram get off at Trafford Bar stop and walk to the race village.
AlanB - My Plan was to get some good run training in up to January. Then I'm going to start my swim and bike training again. I've got two long distance triathlons entered over summer, so need to be in good shape for them. I needed a break from the constant balancing act of training for 3 sports.
I've just joined the 'Manchester Marathon 2015' strava group.
Manchester is a great race. Well organised and well supported. You will struggle to find a flatter course. The only 'hill' is a bridge that the train passes under.
My pb is 2:58 done off Ironman tri training. I've focused on just marathon training for Manchester. I'd like to finish in 2:50. Training is suggesting I could well hit this.
Just need to continue and stay injury free.