Jan 18

My Training Schedule

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.

Mobile Photo Jan 17, 2010 11 02 27 PMThis was my work area for the evening.

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!

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  1. lindsay

    ahh i loove making training plans. it’s a terrible addiction… i make some i don’t even use. sad, but true.

    it takes me some double and triple-checking to make sure my “16” (or however many) weeks count down to the actual race day. i’m glad i’m not the only one 🙂

  2. Jon

    Kevin, where did you find the Google Calendar widget for the blog? That is really nice looking and I want to steal it!

    Good luck with your planning.

  3. Maria

    Love the nerding out for training plan creation…I’ve been steadily working on mine as well, and it is fun!

  4. Bret Petersen

    I love Matt Fitgerald’s Week by Week training book. I wouldn’t be enjoying triathlons so much if I wouldn’t have found this book!

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