First 70.3 Level 0 vs Level 1

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    Hi there,

    First of all I wanted to thank the team and the forum for their great, easy concept and support. I just started Triathlon this year (basically from 0) and directly started with 80/20 and love the structure it provides to my week. This year I started with an olympic training plan level 1 and had a blast. I am really happy with my results and achievements over the year. So after the season is before the season and I just signed up for my very first IM 70.3 in Kraichgau, Germany.
    Now I am trying to figure out which training plan would suit best for me and I can’t decide between the level 0 or 1 plan.
    I felt that the volume in the olympic level 1 plan was pretty much spot on with regards to training volume that I can handle (balancing sports, job and family).
    Now with the 70.3 the level 1 plan looks somewhat overwhelming (esp. with the 3 swims and during peak weeks) but the level 0 seems a little too less (esp. in the first few weeks).

    So I guess my question boils down to: would you rather do a level 0 plan and throw some extra sessions in every now and then (and if yes any recommendations here how to structure them?) or should I go for a level 1 plan with the high probability to miss several (swim) trainings?

    Any help or experience is highly appreciated

    Best
    Nils

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    coachanne
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    Congratulations on your journey in to the triathlon world!!

    If you feel that Level 1 is the best fit for your schedule and fitness level, you can always start there. If it becomes too much, you can switch to Level 0. Whichever plan you choose, I would stay with the volume that is set within the plan (not adding additional workouts) in order to stick with the 80/20 metric.

    I hope that helps!

    Coach Anne

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