Phil has a range of training plans that enables you to select one that best meets your goals, schedule and ability. I have put together some guidelines to help you choose a plan that will optimise your potential.
Length of Plan
For your best outcome count back from your "A" target race date and choose a plan to fill that gap. Your training plan will take you right up to race day. A strong base foundation will enable you to maximise your peak performance (the wider the base, the higher the peak). Phil's plans are Periodised to gradually ramp up your endurance, fitness, speed and skills.
The longer the plan the easier it starts and the more gradually it progresses. This has a bearing on the difficulty level you choose. For example, a 12-week plan starts off at a higher level than a 36-week plan because with 12 weeks left there's not as much opportunity to build up slowly. So if you're choosing a short plan, err on the side of caution when picking the difficulty level.
Choosing the correct level will help you get the most out of your plan. Below are some guidelines to help:
- May have a sports or fitness background, but not necessarily in the chosen sport.
- Wants structured training to prepare for a first race.
- Could be returning to racing after some time out.
- Wants to get fit for with minimal weekly training hours.
- Stepping up a distance for the first time.
- Goal to finish.
- Training regularly and whilst not a newbie, also not superfast.
- Wants to maximise potential whilst balancing life and training.
- Has some experience of racing and learnt some lessons along the way.
- May be experienced and stepping up a distance, out of comfort zone.
- Expects to be a mid-pack finisher.
- Experienced (but amateur) at the race distance and looking to maximise potential.
- Could be looking to qualify for a championship.
- Will have pre-requisite time and fitness to train.
- Competitive and often ranks well.
Beginner plans take less time each week, followed by the Intermediate plans and then the Advanced plans which take the most time. All Phil's plans are designed for amateur athletes, if you have a busy work/family schedule then we recommend you choose a Beginner or Intermediate level plan regardless of your ability.
Only choose an Advanced plan if you have at least 18 months experience. Choosing an Advanced plan won't necessarily turn you into an advanced athlete if the plan is too hard for you from the start. You'd be better off with an Intermediate plan and nailing every session.
Preview your Plan
When you are choosing your training plan you can preview each training plan and in the description, there are screenshots of the first and hardest fortnights.
Have a careful look at these and ask yourself if you're capable of a) fitting them into your schedule and b) fit enough to do the workouts.
You'll improve quickest by having the right training plan for your availability and current fitness.
If, after you purchase your plan, you feel that it is too easy/hard for you, we will happily swap the level for you for free within the first 2 weeks. We want to help you with successful training and racing!
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