Hi guys, I’m hoping a few of you and chip in and give me some advice. Four of us from work have had the bright idea of doing Ironman Wales, just finishing it is the goal as it’s a very tough course, and we’re all triathlon newbies.
We’ve pencilled in 2021 to do it, giving us just over 2 years prep, which I’m hoping will be adequate. I’ve been off the bike for over a year, my FTP has reverted to my untrained level of 160 at 80kg, but my previous FTP has been 250 from just doing SSB for about 6 months. My running sucks, I broke my leg skiing, and now whenever I run for over 3 miles my foot starts to go numb, so I’d have to race walk or run/walk the marathon. My swimming is also poor, I can swim 2k in about an hour.
My plan -
- Get my FTP to a more respectable level, somewhere over 250 should be easily manageable.
- Get some swim coaching
- Run a bit, combined with longer fast paced hikes.
Do a couple of sprint tri’s, and the bike and swim leg of Ironman Wales on the long course weekend in June 2020.
Traditional base X 2, SSB 1 and 2, Full distance triathlon (all mid volume).
Long hikes, concentrating on maintaining enough speed to do a marathon in a minimum of 6.5 hours.
Olympic distance or half iron Tri leading up to the main event.
Is this plan feasible? Could I improve it? Do you think it will take longer than 2 years training? Any thoughts and advice gratefully accepted. Cheers .