Behind on my plan

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    For a multitude of reasons, I’m finding myself 3 weeks behind on my plan. I started late, because I was in rough shape before, but I’m feeling really good now and in the full swing of things. I did choose Level 0 Ironman Triathlon despite not being a novice just because I’ve had an injury, been through some life stuff lately, and wanted to ease myself back into training instead of going too hard too fast like I’ve done in the past.

    I’m wondering if there’s a certain chunk in the plan I could combine, cut, or prioritize to get back on track so that I don’t have to sacrifice my sharpen and taper weeks leading up to the race. Currently only on week 3, but know it’s gonna go fast!



    I guess without knowing what week you are in and what date your target event is, nobody will be able to answer this question.



    I did say I’m in week 3 of the Level 0 Ironman Triathlon plan, which is 21 weeks, but the target event date is Sept 17 if that helps.


    As I understand it, you should be on week 6 of the plan and are currently on week 3. Without knowing your background, why you were in a rough shape (Illness, injury, etc ) it would be difficult to give full safe advice. That said….

    Here is my advice from a runners perspective….

    The plans should be on a 3 week cycle. 2 build-1 taper. A possible plan (provided you have the background to do it safely) is to delete a build week until you reach your correct week. It would look like

    Cal. Plan
    Week. Week
    6. 4
    7. 6
    8. 7
    9. 9

    If you are newer, I would most likely suggest investing in a custom plan to avoid any injuries.

    Leyla Porteous

    The general prep phase is the foundation of any training plan. Look at this phase of training as your “training to train” phase. For athletes that are holding a good amount of fitness coming into a plan – shortening this phase can be fine. However if you have lost fitness or coming back from an illness then this is the phase of training that is pretty crucial to build back and take your time with. This could results in shortening the race specific prep and the peak weeks – why? If you have not build the foundation (general prep) then when you go to load – the house may just fall down.


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