Ironman/Ultramarathon Training Plan: Weeks 1-5

Tyler and I are in the process of training for our first Ironman (Ironman Canada on July 29, 2018). We also decided to repeat a race that we did last year (The North Face Endurance Challenge 50K) near Washington, DC, on April 28, 2018.

To prepare for these events, we merged last year’s 50K training plan with an 8 month Ironman training plan that I found online. We’ve been modifying the plan as we go along to accommodate our energy level, holidays, and other life commitments.

Training for the 50K

So far we’ve found the plan to be aggressive, but motivating and effective. We hope you enjoy it too, whether you follow it to a “T”, modify it to fit your own goals, or pull out a few ideas here and there.

Here’s what the first 5 weeks looked like. Generally, this portion of the plan was pretty flexible and left some free time for rest and other fun activities.

8 Month Ironman/Ultramarathon Training Plan

Training period: Weeks 1-5

Time until Ironman: 8 months

Time until 50K: 5 months

Note: Life happens! If we’re traveling or balancing other commitments, we try to be flexible and make the most of the time and resources we have. I’ve highlighted variables like this in the training schedule below. 



Please note: I am not a licensed personal trainer or medical professional. Training plans, exercises, and related content on this website were derived from my own personal research and experience. While these routines have proven to be effective for me, you should always listen to your body and seek guidance from a medical professional before beginning a new exercise routine. 

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