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Today, with a big snowstorm happening and later to be followed by freezing rain, my only work out will be digging out.
Yes, I'm single and have no other life.
Maybe I'll see you at Eagleman.
If it's not on fire, it's a software problem.
FWIW, my Olympic PR is 2:25, 1/2 IM PR is 5:12.
It's a little like wrestling a gorilla.........you don't stop when you're tired.........you stop when the gorilla is tired.
A coach may not be a bad idea.
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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.
put the mettle to the pedal
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.
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.
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*
put the mettle to the pedal
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.
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.
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
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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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.
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.