The most common question I get asked is “What are the essential ingredients for successful ironman training?”
The answer is simple: it depends on your goals and what type of athlete you are. If you’re just starting out or if you want to improve your performance, then these five things will probably work best for you. However, if you have a specific goal in mind such as competing at Ironman World Championship or even just finishing a triathlon, then other factors may come into play.
How much time do you have?
If you don’t have enough time to train, then you’ll need to look at different types of training plans. Some people like to focus on one type of training plan all year round while others prefer to mix and match their training depending on how they feel each day. For example, some people might train twice per week while others might only train once per week. Whatever works for you!
What kind of athlete are you?
Some athletes like to train hard all the time while others prefer to maintain a healthy lifestyle. If you fall into the latter category, then it’s likely that you’d benefit from incorporating some of the following elements into your training program: high intensity interval training (HIIT), low-intensity cardio, strength training, and stretching. You could also incorporate some of these elements into your race preparation too.
What’s your training style?
While some people train year round no matter what the weather, others will only train in ideal conditions. This is something that you need to decide for yourself. If you live in an area with extreme winter weather and your favorite training spots aren’t available, then it might be time to find a new place to swim, bike, and run. Be creative! You could even try swimming in a heated pool.
Sources & references used in this article:
Training-intensity distribution during an ironman season: relationship with competition performance by I Muñoz, R Cejuela, S Seiler… – … journal of sports …, 2014 – journals.humankinetics.com
The making of an Ironman by B Walpole – Performance Sports and Fitness, 2013 – performancesportandfitness.co.uk
Ironman 70.3: Training for the Middle Distance by H Ash, M Penker – 2009 – books.google.com
Matrics for continuous improvement in Ironman training to qualify for the World Championship by JD Rhodes – 2008 – search.proquest.com