Ironman 70.3 or half-marathon + gravel/fondo plan?

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    dexter
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    I’m currently doing running and cycling 50/50% -60/40% and plan to take part in 3 running half-marathons as well as a couple of cycling grand fondos (100km) + xc marathons. Also I plan multi-day ( 7days) MTB tour with 100km length and 1000m elevation per day.

    My A races will be half-marathon in April and November and multi-day MTB tour in July.

    I have a question regarding 80/20 planning:

    1) is it better to start 70.3 Ironman plan, dropping out swimming and putting 4th running per week to prepare for spring half-marathon, then pick maintenance running plan + 80km gravel (or 160km fondo?) for july and then start  70.3 Ironman plan again forn november

    2) or better start level 1 half-marathon dedicated plan + 80km gravel (or 160km fondo?), substituting/dropping some easy ride days with running and keeping 4 run/3-4 cycling days, then again pick maintenance running plan + 80km gravel (or 160km fondo?) for july and then start  half-marathon + gravel/fondo plan again for november?

    What better prepares me for half-marathon? Is running intensity in Ironman 70.3 plan same as for dedicated running plan? Or running part in 70.3 plan is more towards running in upper Z2-lower Z3, not in apper Z3 -lower Z4 as real half-marathon is run and for which dedicated running plan prepares me?

    Also, is it better to pick 80 gravel plan or 160km fondo for multi-day MTB ride in July?

     

    Thank you!

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    #20981
    coachanne
    Keymaster

    Dexter,

    I think the best way to approach this schedule would be to focus on your A race and train accordingly.  That being said, a half marathon plan and a cycling plan would fit your schedule the best while giving you the foundation you will need to complete your races.

    As far as choosing a plan for your multi day MTB event, I would choose a plan that is the closest to your total mileage for the event.  Since this event is 100 km and a multi day event, I think you will be fine with the 80km gravel plan.  The gravel aspect will also be closer to the MTB terrain than a Gran Fondo would be.

    I hope that gives you some clarity!

    Coach Anne

     

    #20982
    dexter
    Participant

    Thank you very much for the reply!

    Just a little clarification question:

    “<span style=”background-color: #000000; color: #ffffff; font-family: Roboto;”> </span><span style=”background-color: #000000; color: #ffffff; font-family: Roboto;”>I would choose a plan that is the closest to your total mileage for the event.  Since this event is 100 km and a multi day event, I think you will be fine with the 80km gravel plan. </span><span style=”background-color: #000000; color: #ffffff; font-family: Roboto;”> “</span>

    It will be 7 days MTB event, total 600km and total elevation 7000m, so something like 100km length per day.

    Will “80km gravel” be enough as you said?

    Thank you!

     

    #20994
    coachanne
    Keymaster

    I misunderstood and thought the total length of the multiday event was 1000km; I apologize!

    Yes, then I would take a look at the Gran Fondo// Multi day event plans and choose one of those for your event.

    Coach Anne

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