Friday, February 6, 2009

2009 Plan

So I've laid out my goals and my A races, now it is time to figure out how to get there.

For the last 5 years I have been entirely self-coached. I've read a bunch of books and followed portions of some training plans, but I have never followed a training plan as it was written or had a coach.

I thought long and hard last year about hiring a coach, but at the end of the day I couldn't do it. I like learning and planning my training, but I really want to have a break through season, so I think I found a solution that will work for me.

Endurance Nation is an online triathlon team lead by two coaches. Last year at IMWI I met Rich and Patrick and a few athletes and I thought it might be a good fit for me. What appeals to me most is that the focus is education and having a team. I did buy a training plan from them and it is the first time I have every followed a plan, but I really like being able to talk with others in the forums and learn from each other. I'm going to try and follow the plan as close as possible, but I don't think it will last long before I start making adjustments.

Anyway, I have divided my year up into a few portions:

  • Out Season -- Nov through Feb

  • Half Ironman Prep -- Mar through May

  • Ironman Prep -- Jun through Aug

For each of these three periods I am going to follow a gradual build up of intesity and/or volume, and then take a week or two off after each to recover and recharge before starting the next.

During the Out Season and Half Ironman Prep, I will be doing other races allong the way to test my progress, but this year I am not racing at all during the Ironman Prep this year. Instead I am going to speed the full 12 weeks prior to IMWI focusing on excuting my training and recovering.


  1. Really looking forward to watching your progress over the course of this season...what changes have you noticed in your fitness thru the OutSeason?

  2. My bike FTP has gone up pretty quick so I'm very pleased with bike workouts. For the run, my 5k is definitely getting faster and I'm expecting to PR in short races for sure. I'm not sure how my long distance running is holding up as I feel like I'm not putting enough volume in. I'll post a full summary after I finish up the OS plan in 2 weeks.