My 2016 CIM Build By The Numbers
Total Distance: 341 miles
Total Time: 47:24:39
Total TSS: 3697
Total Bike Time: 195 miles
Total Bike TSS: 1305
Total Swim Time: 4.5 hours
Total Swim TSS: 522
% TSS in Swim/Bike/Run: 9.5%/24%/66.5%
Total Weeks of Training: 11 wks
Average Distance /wk: 33 miles
Average Long Run Distance: 11 miles
Average Time /wk: 4:18:00
Average TSS /wk: 336
Average IF /wk: 0.84
Longest Training Run: 16 miles (Week 7 Ragnar Leg #2)
Time in Speed Zone:
My build-up to CIM this year is less than ideal — I could really fit in one proper training block (W4-W7) into the 11 weeks and that block even ended with a race at the end of the recovery week which compromised my training in the following week.
In retrospect, I would probably make the following changes if I were to build for a marathon (or any other A race) in 11 weeks again.
- Use a 3 week training block — this will allow 3 blocks of training, followed by a 1 week Peak and 1 week taper/race.
- Do no races at the intensity that would require tapering or more than 1 day of recovery afterwards. Otherwise, it compromises the progressive overload.