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kilo

Feb 6, 04 4:45

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This is my fifth season of training and what I would call my first serious season. For the past four years I've raced one or two olympic distance races a year on a mountain bike finishing in 3:00-3:15. I got the road bike and I'm signed up for 6 races including Eagleman in June and I plan on signing up this summer for IM Lake Placid in 2005. I train approximately 7-10 hours a week which friends think is a lot. I'm sure that's a warmup for some people here. Compared to friends I consider myself to be in good shape but when I race, you guys (and gals) really show me what being fit is. Many of you pass me like I'm standing still, especially on the bike. I don't need to win but I'd like to be in the top 50%. So my questions is, on average, how many hours a week do you train?


cerveloguy

Feb 6, 04 4:59

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Re: How many hours a week do you train? [Tom H] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

During the season, about 10 hrs per week but seven or eight of that is on the bike. My training is way out of balance, but I love the bike and hate running.

Today, with a big snowstorm happening and later to be followed by freezing rain, my only work out will be digging out.


jaretj

Feb 6, 04 5:10

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Re: How many hours a week do you train? [Tom H] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

Right now I'm at 12 to 13hrs but 2 hrs of that is hockey. When it gets warmer outside I'll add 3 or 4 hrs to the bike and drop the skating. I have so much fun training, it's like an addiction.

Yes, I'm single and have no other life.

Maybe I'll see you at Eagleman.

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gleveq

Feb 6, 04 5:12

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Re: How many hours a week do you train? [Tom H] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

14-20 hrs/week pretty much year 'round. This includes about 1 hr strength work and 2 hrs yoga per week.......but as a Masters woman, those are critical parts of my training.

FWIW, my Olympic PR is 2:25, 1/2 IM PR is 5:12.

G

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bunnyman

Feb 6, 04 5:14

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Re: How many hours a week do you train? [Tom H] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

One can get good results training with the amount of time you train. Just make sure you make every hour of training quality. Make sure you give adequate recovery, and make sure you balance your training and you will be fine.

A coach may not be a bad idea.





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TripleThreat

Feb 6, 04 5:43

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Re: How many hours a week do you train? [Tom H] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

Right now 10-12 h/wk .... I would love to train more, but at this point it's about it. I don't really seeing it increasing. The good thing is that as time goes on I'll get more done in the same block of time.
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JasoninHalifax

Feb 6, 04 5:50

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Re: How many hours a week do you train? [Tom H] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

Still very early in the season, and I'm not planning on peaking until September, so around 6 hours a week now. All on the bike, I was having major issues with recovery from run training, so put tris on the back burner for '04.

Throughout this month, I'll be ramping up the volume to approximately 15 hours a week by the end of Feb. (2-2.5 hours per day, plus long ride on Sundays of 4-5 hours, and one day off or easy 1/2 hour spin). This will include 2 quality sessions per week (Tues and Thurs) plus racing or a hard group ride on Sunday.


broll

Feb 6, 04 5:52

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Re: How many hours a week do you train? [Tom H] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

right now 10-15 hours....depending on weather...this summer when Ironmans approach, 20-24....I dont think there is any magic number, but even at 24 hours I feel underprepared for an ironman...mental.


Lone Racer

Feb 6, 04 6:05

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Re: How many hours a week do you train? [Tom H] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

These days I am training 13-17 hrs/wk and I'll ramp up to a max of ~21 hrs/wk. Key races are 2 -1/2IMs in June/July. This is my 3rd year of tri-training - I started from scratch in all 3 sports. Hoping to move up to a MOPer this year.

put the mettle to the pedal


Robert Preston

Feb 6, 04 6:14

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Re: How many hours a week do you train? [Tom H] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

I've been told I'm obsessive compulsive for training 8 hours a week. Eight hours a week is a short recovery week for many people on this forum. But for me, it's about all I can muster right now. I'm also not getting that long weekend ride in due to the weather. So when the weather gets nice, I should be able to get in 10 fairly easily, with the max being 12.

I have a maximum of about 90 minutes per day during the week to train. But I usually don't get that in -- it's more like an hour, maybe an hour and a quarter a day (but sometimes less than that). If I can make it to Saturday with five hours in the training bank, I can usually make 10-12 for the week by picking up the other 5-7 hours on Saturday and Sunday (2 hour run, 3-5 hour bike).

I try to focus on quality sessions during the week, then up the miles and back off the pace on the weekend. Fairly standard approach for many, I would imagine.

RP


ironclm

Feb 6, 04 6:14

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Re: How many hours a week do you train? [Tom H] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

8-12 right now, but ramping up for a late May IM. Definitely going with higher volume this year over prior years.

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kilo

Feb 6, 04 6:22

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Re: How many hours a week do you train? [Robert Preston] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

Robert,

Your schedule sounds a lot like mine; I can get about 1.5 hours weekday and the rest on weekends. What kind of times are you getting in races and do you mind me asking how old you are? I'm 35, so I'm in a pretty competitive division. It sounds like what I expected, people are putting in a pretty large number of hours.

Tom


Dudaddy

Feb 6, 04 6:22

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Re: How many hours a week do you train? [Tom H] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

I'm probably the only duathlete on this board so all of my training is obviously running and cycling. I normally average between 12 to 15 hours per week all year. For me it definately is a "habit/addiction."


jimmyk

Feb 6, 04 6:25

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Re: How many hours a week do you train? [Tom H] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

Right now only about 7 or 8 but when it gets warmer I hope to hit 10 to 12. It's going to be fun this year, I'm signing up to coach soccer for under 5 girls. Thank God they know less about soccer than me!
jimmyk


DawnT

Feb 6, 04 6:27

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Re: How many hours a week do you train? [Tom H] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

I have 8 to 9 hours on my planned schedule, but my actual hours are around 6 to 7 right now. I can't remember the last time I had a week where a workout wasn't missed for some reason or another.

Dawn


Drinyth

Feb 6, 04 6:33

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Re: How many hours a week do you train? [Tom H] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

I'm pretty new to the sport and have only done 1 sprint tri late last fall. I'm on month 6 of triathlon training. :)

This week has me at 14 hours (base1, week two). I'm on the 600 annual hours plan in Friel's bible and I think I'll max out somewhere at 18 hours during base 3?

My next race will be a half-IM in May. Thinking about doing a full IM distance this year. I'm probably insane for considering that distance in my first year out. I figure if I'm doing all the hours for a half-IM though, I might as well just ramp up a little and do a full one. *shrug*


Lone Racer

Feb 6, 04 6:46

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Re: How many hours a week do you train? [Duman] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

You're not alone - I have been training/racing as a duathlete for the last 2 years. However, I have started swimming this winter and I may even get the nerve to race a sprint tri in late season. I noticed that there is a definite lack of long course races for duathletes - so I pretty much have to pick up the swimming if I want to do any ironman distance. I'm told duathlons are tougher than tris - so this tri thing should be a piece of cake ;)

put the mettle to the pedal


Herschel34

Feb 6, 04 6:48

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Re: How many hours a week do you train? [Tom H] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

I have 1/2IM in June and IM USA in July. I'm currently training about 11 hours a week (2 swim/4 bike/3r run/2 weights). As my big races get closer I'll ramp up the hours until I peak in late June at about 20.
If I wasn't doing a full IM this year, I would probably max out at about 15. But 10-11 is probably an average.


jmorrissey

Feb 6, 04 6:57

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Re: How many hours a week do you train? [Tom H] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

This is my second season. I'm at 10-12 hours/week now, in Base 3. I do 3 x swim, 3 x run, and 4 x bike every week. I'm actually trying to do proper periodization this year, rather than endless slow miles. I'll probably get up to around 15 hours/week by June, with my target race being Lake Placid.

I'm no expert, but based on what I've seen, you can do pretty well on 10 hours/week, if, as others have said, you train correctly. I'm still trying to figure that one out myself.
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johnthesavage

Feb 6, 04 7:08

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Re: How many hours a week do you train? [Tom H] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

i started training for ralphs in the end of october, trying to follow a very nice but ambitious plan i paid markallen.com to put together for me. My first half was last year (5:04) so Im shooting for sub-5 at ralphs. also want a slot to IM Moo. Ive done 9-15 hours per week excluding strength and flexibility, except for christmas week when I only did 4 hours of running (no pool or bike at my dads & plus its christmas!) (seriously – all you guys who said you do 15-20+/week, does that include thanksgiving and christmas week?!?) My average s/b/r over these 15 weeks is 10:20; average total time is 11:20. 90% of my bike time was trainer time. (As you can tell I have a nifty excel spreadsheet. I'd cut and paste a pie chart or two but can't figure out how.) Also, I am very stingy about what "counts" as time. No extra credit for my mountain bike commute or time in changing room getting ready to swim!



Right now in depths of winter and working full time I think 15 is all I can do. At first when I saw some people say they regularly do 15-20+ per week I was like – these guys must be friends of joe bonness or not have jobs or something but i think i can see how my 12-15 could become 20 in the spring when its possible to get out and do some rides!



Also, FWIW, some guy on gordo’s forum said that traininglog.com (related to ironcoach.com) – a place where people can share and compare their logs - will soon be up and running


desert dude

Feb 6, 04 7:27

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Re: How many hours a week do you train? [johnthesavage] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

I train between 10-15 hrs per week. Some weeks life gets in the way.

Lone racer and Duman your not alone. I only do du's as well

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Fleck

Feb 6, 04 7:43

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Re: How many hours a week do you train? [Tom H] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

Many will and have tossed out what are likley average hours/week that they are training, which is really only half the story, if that.

The key information is the dynamic range in the weekly training ie What are the big and really big weeks like? When do they come? What are the easy weeks like? When and how often do they come up? Also, what is the percentage of time spent at race-pace or faster?

Big volume numbers look impressive in print, but often don't tell the whole story.

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freestyle

Feb 6, 04 7:53

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Re: How many hours a week do you train? [desert dude] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

I train around 12-13 hours. 4 swims, 3 runs, 1 long bike.

In the summer I usually add another bike, and near big races we'll start doing transition practices (bike-run-bike-run sort of stuff).

Never done OD, best for Sprint (half Oly) is 1:08. Right now I'm starting my second season.


Jeff_Mdot

Feb 6, 04 8:02

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Re: How many hours a week do you train? [Tom H] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

There is an impressive amount of training going on out there. I am 8-14hr/wk with typically two 45 min workouts/day M-F. (Powercranks at lunch, swim or run either morning or night) then the obligatory long run and bike (if family agrees) on the weekend. I will keep this through August with only Half IMs up to that point but crank up the bike the last 2 months before IM FL.


kilo

Feb 6, 04 8:06

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Re: How many hours a week do you train? [Fleck] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

"Big volume numbers look impressive in print, but often don't tell the whole story. "

Yeah, I'm sure there's a whole lot more to it with specific training plans but I run with a marathoner whose won the Harrisburg marathon a few times and reading articles about Mark Allan and some top triathletes, they all stress the big weeks with long bikes and runs. They seem to stress the consistency of substantial hours every week. It appears to me that numbers of hours actually swimming, biking, and running is the foundation for any training plan (duh). Plus, I was reading the article about rethinking base training on ironmanlive.com and there seems to be some evidence for limited hours and great results. There was a recent thread about base training and HR training which was very helpful but not too many people mentioned how many total hours they put in a week.

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