Torn between plans

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  • #17072
    adam_p
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    Dear 8020 Endurance!

    This year I have gotten into triathlon. A have been cycling for the most part of the last 2 years, before that I did run (10k-s, half marathons) and I swam for 1,5 to 2 years. Now I am a proficient swimmer. I think I’m adequate in all of the disciplines, but nothing to write home about. My core strength and mobility needs improvement no doubt.

    I targeted a middle distance race in September.

    Currently I am on the Half Ironman Level 1 plan without strength and mobility exercises prescribed.

    I find 9 workouts plus the occasional strength and mobility routines hard to fit into my weeks. But the Level 0 plan I feel is not enough, that I could do more. 1 longer swim, maybe 2 swim workouts merged and an extra run workout.

    I can fit a run easier into my schedule than a cycling workout. I know that the progression of workouts should be 2 swim 3 bike 2 run, but I could do 2 swim 2 bike 3 runs easily. (I should add that my running needs more improvement than my cycling, and I commute by bike, I use my comutes as recovery rides – 3-3,5 hours weekly).

    Questions:

    1. All things considered is it okay to train with 2 swim 2 bike 3 run schedule or I have to do the 2 swim 3 bike 2 run routine?

    2. Should I switch back to the Level 0 plan with strength and mobility and add the extra runs to the training plan or should I subtract the workouts I can not manage from the Level 1 plan?

    Sorry for the long post. Thank you for your answers in advance!

    Cheers

    Adam

    #17100
    David Warden
    Keymaster

    Adam, sorry for the delay! I’ll get to this by end o day.

    David

    #17102
    adam_p
    Participant

    Hi David!

    Thank you for answering! I decided to stick with the lvl 1 plan and the strength and mobility and follow it as much as I can. So don’t bother answering that 🙂

    It would be helpful to understand the hierarchy of cycling workouts: If I can only do 2 bike workouts on a week (occasionally, mostly I think I can manage 3), which ones are the least important and which ones should I prioritize?

    Thank you!

    Adam

    #17103
    David Warden
    Keymaster

    Adam, so sorry again for the delay. You can’t choose wrong, as we always allow you to switch levels within the same event distance for free.

    If you have to miss a workout, miss the shortest first, and rotate the type you miss if they are similar in duration. For example, if you miss a 1-hour easy bike one week, miss the 1-hour high intensity bike the next (or at least replace the bike workout with the other type). The idea is to not miss too many easy nor too many hard workouts, but balance them out.

    David

    #17140
    adam_p
    Participant

    David, there is no need to apologize.

    I took your advice, but switched it around by switching back to the lower tier plan and adding workouts on top it.

    Thank you!

    Adam

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