Training plans

Have a specific race in mind and just need the structure to get yourself ready for the event – well then one of my stand alone training plans could be exactly what you need.

Why use a plan?

Saves you time – all the progression/training load and planning is done for you

Take the guessing out of your training – take advantage of an experts 20 years experience in endurance racing 12 Week 70.3 Training Plan

More affordable than a 1-2-1 coaching option – weekly cost of a plan is typically less than a Mocha from Starbucks – spend the rest of your cash on a bike upgrade!

You are twice as likely to achieve your goals with a training plan!!

Who is Coach Steve?

20 years experience in endurance events – 15 x marathon, 8 x IRONMAN, 12 x 70.3

2 x 70.3 world championship qualifier

15 years coaching experience of athletes of all abilities

2017  Triathlon Ireland Coach of the year (as voted by peers)

TriSutto Certified Coach

IRONMAN  and Training peaks level 2 Certified Coach

International Triathlon Union level 2 Certified Coach

Over 5,000 plans sold in the last year on training peaks and growing daily

What do I get with one of your training plans?

Clearly explained individual swim/bike/run workouts in calendar view

All plans provided via easy to use training application

Easy export to your training devices and other applications e.g. trainer road, Garmin Connect and Zwift

Optimised training zones to keep you honest (including key scheduled HR and Power testing and retest protocols)

Plans tailored by race distance (IRONMAN, 70.3, Olympic, Sprint and marathon) and ability (Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced)

Unlimited email access to Coach Steve

Sounds great – but are they any good?

Click here to read testimonials from my growing list of satisfied customers if in doubt

So which Training plan is best for you?

So no point in waiting – search and find the right plan for you and sign up today!

Simply personalise your selection to your requirements by specifying

What type of plan you are looking for below e.g. IRONMAN

What level you consider yourself e.g. Intermediate

What age grouping you are currently in e.g. under or over 50 years of age (applicable only for Ironman and 70.3 plans at the moment)

Part of the triathlon off season is getting ready for next year, well no better time than when last season is really fresh on our minds. I like to plan my entire year out in advance, from being in the sport for many years now; I know what races I will do with the dates of the races. So planning for my A races is pretty straight forward. But if you are new to the sport you might not have this option.

To get started in planning out your year, the six steps are as follows.

Step one: Determine your season goals

Step two: Establish supporting objectives

Step three: Set your annual training hours

Step four: Prioritize your races

Step five: Divide your year into periods

Step six: Assign weekly hours

By breaking down our year into these six steps, it will make it pretty easy to plan your entire season in a seamless fashion. Step one will start with the end in mind, what do you want to accomplish with your season. What are your racing goals this season going to be? Perhaps you want to finish a half ironman, or even do your first Olympic. Maybe you want to improve on you’re A race from last year or qualify for Ironman Hawaii. Many studies have shown that having clear cut goals will improve one’s ability to achieve them. If you start your season without knowing where you want to go then at the end of the year you are going to find yourself very disappointed.

Really important that if you have never set goals before that you don’t confuse them with dreams, many athletes dream about what they want to accomplish. That is OK to a point, but if you just did a sprint triathlon last year and now want to get to the Hawaii Ironman this year, it probably is an unrealistic goal for you, know if you move that to maybe a five year goal, then go for it. That is a possibility.

So when you sit down for step one and write your goals out for the year, let’s stay realistically optimistic. Here are four principles to keep as you are writing your goals out.

Principle one: You must be able to measure your goal. So be as specific as you can, list your time if you’re trying to improve, for example: I want to finish a half ironman in less than 5 hours, or even better would be I want to complete the Providence half ironman in less than 5 hours.

Principle two: You have to be able to control your goal. An example would be to set a goal to win the Providence half ironman in your age group; you can do very little about the competition. If the world champion shows up and can do a 4 hour half, well you’re going to have no chance, even if you have a great race. And, it is not your fault.

Principle Three: Your goal must stretch you. Don’t go backwards with your times or set goals that are too easy. Set a goal that will stretch you and take you to a new level. As scary setting a tough goal might sound to you.

Principle Four: You must state your goal in the positive. You never should set a goal as a negative, for example, don’t go out to fast on the bike so I blow up on the run. Not the way to set a goal, rather say, on the bike I am going to keep my heart rate below 150 so I can pr on my run. Much better and just writing it makes me feel better.

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