L1 or L2

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  • #17652
    Ajones20644
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    Having just become a father again and wanting to compete in 2 half Ironmans next year May and September in the UK. After reading the descriptions I just wanted to know if the L1 plan will still head me towards a PR or will the volume be too low and that level is just about finishing the race? Any help out there??
    Thanks

    #17654
    winoria
    Moderator

    Hi Ajones!

    I guess this is a question that can only be answered if you share more of your athletic history. Nobody can know if you will be able to PR – let’s assume your current PR would be 4h12min – I doubt that the Level 1 or Level 2 would be the right choice to beat that time. If your current PR is more like 5h30min, the Level 2 could be a good choice. Depending on your experience and talent, etc.

    Winoria

    #17657
    Ajones20644
    Participant

    Thank you for your reply.

    Ok current PR is around 5.30 mark.

    This years focus was Olympic distance, and I have knocked 20 mins off my PB on that distance.

    Looking to get the most out of my training time wise because i work shifts 6 on 4 off – including night shifts (2 every 10 days)

    So really would level 1 be to low volume to make progress?

    Then I would look at level 2.

    Looking to start the plan in January.

    Thanks again

    #17658
    winoria
    Moderator

    I personally think that Level 1 would be a stretch, but Level 2 should get you in the 5-5:15 region….I’m wandering if Leyla/David agree?

    Thanks
    Winoria

    #17687
    Leyla Porteous
    Keymaster

    Hi Ajones20644,
    The training that you can do is what is going to give you the best results. I would think more about what time you have to dedicate to training and select a plan level that will integrate and fit with your work/family commitments. You can always level up once you get started if you find that you have more time to train than you thought, or you start to notice you are not progressing in your fitness.
    I can vouch that the Level of the plan doesn’t necessarily dictate the performance – I have seen many athletes PR, BQ and champs qualify etc on Level 1 plans. Pick the plan that you can do – that provides the right progression and challenge for you and you will see the results – and enjoy the process while you are at it!
    Leyla

    #17873
    Ajones20644
    Participant

    Thank you for the replies 🙂
    I was thinking that it would best to start L1 to stop the stress of potentially not being able to complete all the training with l2.

    Do the plans include any ‘big gear’ work?

    And is there an off season or winter plan before starting my 70.3 plan or any suggestions on what I should do in the mean time

    thanks again

    Jonesy

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