Choosing First Tri Plan

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    Greetings all,

    I just finished reading 80/20 Triathlon, and am interested in training for my first half Ironman. I am curious if the level 0 plan is appropriate, or if I should go with the level 1 (background of fitness level below). Additionally, coming from running 6-7 days a week, I am a little concerned about only running 2-3 times a week following the tri plan. Will my overall running fitness decrease? If so, what is the best way to incorporate more running into the level 0 or level 1, half Ironman plan?

    A little background – I was introduced to 80/20 running, devoured the book, completed the level two half marathon training plan, and crushed a half marathon (7:20 average pace). I very much enjoyed the training for the half marathon. Running 6-7 days a week has become the norm to me.

    Overall I am very interested in completing a half Ironman, but am concerned about loosing running speed and endurance.


    Based on your running, I’d certainly start with the Level 1 plan at a minimum. As a 57 year old that runs like a slug, I was able to use the Level 1 plan just fine for my last HIM.

    One of the great things about the 80/20 plans is that if you aren’t happy with the Level 1 plan volume (either too heavy or too light) you can switch to a different plan at no charge.


    The leap from a half marathon in to the triathlon world is always an exciting step! Runners, such as yourself, often times have a hard time mentally adjusting to less run volume when they begin triathlon training. The good news is that with adding swimming and cycling in to the mix, you’ll find that the strength you gain from those sports will carry over to your running fitness.

    It may seem awkward to only run 3-4 days a week; however, with the overall increase in workout volume, you won’t lose fitness. I have found that by adding in the cycling and swimming, my athletes enjoy mixing up the work and find themselves stronger than they were when they focused on one sport.

    I hope that helps!

    Coach Anne

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