I was training on TR for a diy ironman from Oct-March2020 so that I can use that data for April 2021 ironman texas. (Low volume full distance) I needed to know if I could even “get there” before actually registering. I now have faith in myself, TR, and it’s full distance tri plan. That was my first experience with TR. Because of covid, I stopped near the end of the specialty phase, and I remember that I felt complete and ready.
2021 ironman texas is now a scratch for me since either it will be canceled or its not enough time for me to prepare. I’m not in a rush. With that in mind I’m targeting Ironman Texas 2022. That’s about 16 months out. This would be my first ironman and it is also a major life goal that needs fulfillment. I’ve ran a marathon, quarter distance tri, several 75-80 mile rides, a couple 100k rides in the past couple years. I’m slow with a lot of room for improvement. Ftp 205 at 69 kg.
Looking up TR’s custom plans on the website, it suggested to do 3cycles of BaseBuildSpecialty1, BaseBuildSpecialty 2, then BaseSpecialty3. No rest weeks, etc. Basically a 70+ week training plan from here until April 2022.
That sounds like way too much, or exactly what I need.
I won’t be swimming right now until I feel that my local gym pool is safe. Swimming is my weakest, cycling is my strength. One goal would be to “smash” the bike leg.
I’ve been focusing on nutrition and strength (core/ leg) and riding (messing around) on Zwift (kickr v5).
The problem is I need a routine. Or that I need to take the optimal line here. I want to use my time wisely, start putting in some real work, and improve.
Should I start a base plan now? Which one?