I’ve started thinking about my training plans through the end of the year.
That’s right. Through the end of the year. That seems like a lot of planning. But at some point, I’ll have to start training for January’s marathon, and I have another triathlon to train for later this summer.
For the marathon, I’m definitely using one of Hal Higdon’s plans again. Preferably one with only one 20 mile run. The idea of doing 2 or 3 just seems painful. I’ll probably use Novice 1 or 2 with a tiny bit of modifying – I want to keep up with one bike and one swim workout per week, just to keep myself in shape before I jump back into tri training after the marathon. Yes, I’m just assuming I will love triathlons and will want to do them again next year.
For triathlons, I’ve been using Athleta’s training plan with some modifications (longer Tuesday swim and Sunday run, no Sunday swim, Team Fight swim on Thursdays). I picked this one purely because the workouts fit into my schedule. It’s definitely more than sufficient for my June tri, but the one in August will need a bit more distance, I think, especially on the bike. I think that I may join up with the Mid-Maryland Tri Club for Sunday bike rides on the course and flip my Saturday and Sunday workouts.
But I’m also scanning other triathlon training plans to see what else is out there. Here’s what I’ve found so far:
- BeginnerTriathlete.com plans. They have some nice free plans I may check out.
- TriNewbies Online. Lots of info, but I’m not sure how I feel about their plans.
- Hal Higdon also has some tri plans, but I definitely feel like they don’t have enough training time for me.
Any other plans I should know about?