I spent a better part of this evening putting together my training schedule for the spring and first part of the summer. I can’t believe how long it took. It is 11:00 now and I think I started around 5:00. Granted there was a break for dinner and what not, but it can really be time consuming.
I started doing everything on the computer, but found that I needed to lay everything out on paper first. Then, I took it all, entered it into Excel and imported it into Google Calendar.
I already have a training schedule for my marathon in April, so I needed to merge it with a suitable half Ironman training schedule. I chose the level 5 program from Matt Fitzgerald’s book. The first 10 weeks of training are a combination of marathon training I already have going along with the swim and bike workouts from the tri plan. The second 10 weeks are straight from the tri plan.
As I laid out my training, I realized that I need to work on my counting skills. I miscounted the weeks for my marathon training and had to add in an extra week of training during the taper so that I would actually have enough workouts to get me through race day.
If you are interested in seeing the training plan, you can follow along on the sidebar of my blog or see the whole thing on Google Calendars.
This schedule will get me through June 6th – my first half Ironman of the season. I still need to add to the schedule to keep up my training for the next two half Ironman later in the season. Hopefully I can do that later this week or next weekend. Also, I am still looking for an April or early May triathlon to do as a warm up so that the half Ironman isn’t my first tri of the season. However, I think it is going to somewhat difficult to find a race in Michigan that early in the season because the water is still so cold. If anyone has any ideas, I’d love to hear them!