I don't think 50 mpw is a lot of mileage. I think 16 straight weeks of 50 miles is too much mileage for a triathlete.
I still say targeted balance beats that plan for the HIM/IM athlete. More predictable, and most importantly, less risk of injury.
For some reason I don't know a single HIM or IM athlete that does that kind of running plan.
You do understand he said to do this over the off-season right. What half ironman training or full iron training plan run 12 months?
I also don't buy you lose little bike endurance if you drop it for 1-2 months, do this plan, then have the race of a lifetime. For a sprint or Olympic, sure. Yippe for the dude who does well at the local sprint against soccer moms on the 12 mile bike route. Not a HIM or IM.
You don't have to believe it but its true most people can be back full on in a month, if you put in a hard bike month they ran consistently for whole time. But your also comparing apples and oranges. Because you would never run 50 mpw and completely drop biking you can still ride 1-3 times a week easy and maintain your basic bike muscle fitness. But he's not off saying it only takes a month or two.
I swim, bike wth 2-3 of the most popular tri coaches in my area. Maybe they all suck too. None of them are even close to recommending that mileage or do/did it themselves....and they are KQers.
Yes, cause all you need to qualify for Kona is running 50mpw...
I would argue that you build by targeted balance season after season, focused cycles on each sport as well, but not extreme single sport focus.
Once again this isn't a plan to do in the season, Its for the offseason, so when you get to the season you have bigger gains in that singles sport because you over stressed your system more than you could ever do on tri training for that specific sport. Your build for all three sports happens in the spring, not in october, hence why a single sport focus works. You'll be back to normal in those sports before you even hit your build phase.
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