Sunday, October 30, 2011

Ironman Training Evaluation

At this point I'm nineteen weeks into my twenty week Ironman Florida training plan.  Week twenty will be pretty much just sitting around and waiting.  I thought this would be a good time to evaluate my adherence to the plan.  The ultimate test of my fitness will be apparent in the results from my performance on race day.  My adherence to the plan will just tell me if I did my homework.  Fortunately, I've got no injuries thus far to contend with.

My plan started on June and ends on race day which is November 5th, 2011.  The chart below lists the weeks from 1 to 20 on the bottom and the overall time, in hours and minutes, planned and expended in training.  The blue line indicates the hours of planned training.  The red line indicates the hours of actual training.  You'll notice that the blue line progressively increases with a recovery week with less training every fourth week, or so.  You'll also notice that the red line doesn't follow the blue line.  That's just the way it goes!  While I did have some weeks of increased training my consistency was a bit lacking.  The last week, twenty, calls for 6 hours and 40 minutes of training which should be much easier to accomplish that the almost 20 hours suggested in previous weeks.  Click images to enlarge.

20 Week Ironman Training Plan Evaluation in hours
The chart below is a breakdown of the hours of swimming, biking and running each week.

20 Week Ironman Training Plan Segment Detail in hours
Weeks 5, 12, 16, and 18 indicate less training than I might have liked.  It's possible that the reduced effort prevented any injury that might have occurred had I met or exceeded my training goals.

Thanks for reading.