Mark Allen Coaching
At Mark Allen Coaching we don't believe in prescription coaching plans. We present you with options. If you find that maybe you were a little ambitious in your choice of programs, take a step back. If you think you want to put in a little more work, then move up.
We try to give you an accurate description of each of our programs, and let you make the choices. There is even some adaptability built into each program so it flexes a little to meet the demands of your life.
The IRONMAN 70.3 was actually my best race distance! I am more known for doing well at full IRONMAN, but during my career I won all but three IRONMAN 70.3 races that I entered! What I love about the distance is that it’s the perfect blend of speed and endurance. Both of these physiologies are needed to optimize your results in an IRONMAN 70.3 race. It’s the ideal balance, and the race distance that requires you to be the most well rounded athlete.
Which Option Should I Choose?
70.3 Level One
I approached my move to racing half distance triathlons the same as I did when I started in the sport doing Olympic distance races. I dialed back the days I trained but built the length of the days that I did train. This is the program that enabled me to do that.
The 70.3 Level One training plans provide the most benefit for the time spent training. It's "efficiency" with a capital "E". If you are just stepping up to 70.3 racing this is also a great entry point as there is ample recovery time built in to help make your first experience with the distance a great one. Included are two workouts in each sport per week (an endurance session and a shorter faster session) plus two strength sessions for a total of 8 workouts weekly.
Recommended Experience: It is recommended that you have trained for and completed at least one Olympic Distance triathlon prior to taking on the 70.3 Level One training schedule. While this program will start you out exactly where you are at with your fitness, it will progress up in the longer sessions to a level that is best to already have at least some base fitness in swimming, cycling and running.
70.3 Level Two
It took about a year of very consistent training and a couple of half distance races before I was ready for this level. It built on my previous fitness, but added in some extra endurance work that was needed for the half distance races.
The 70.3 Level Two training plans are our most popular option for those targeting 70.3 races as most find it the perfect blend of reaching goals while still maintaining life balance. In addition to the strength, endurance and speed sessions all of our training plans have, you will get an added medium distance workout in each sport. This gives huge gains in your overall endurance and stamina.
Recommended Experience: It is recommended that you have training for and completed at least one 70.3 distance triathlon or that you have at least one full year training for Olympic distance races and have completed several of those. The inclusion of both a medium length and a long session in each sport weekly is best taken advantage of if you already have at least a year of training for triathlons and/or have completed at least one 70.3 race already.
70.3 Level Three
As I mentioned the half distance actually became my best race distance. It was the Level Three training program that gave me that ideal blend of endurance and speed. But it took a few years before I was ready for it!
The 70.3 Level Three training plans are based on the time proven methods developed by me and experienced by thousands. This is our Gold standard program. It has all the features of the Level Two program along with an additional shorter recovery workout in each sport weekly. This additional workout adds a minimal amount of overall training time, but helps increase fitness, facilitates recovery and increases training consistency.
Recommended Experience: It is highly recommended that you have already completed at least one 70.3 Level Two training program and know that you will be capable of handling four workouts/week in each sport plus two strength sessions. In addition, it’s important to assess your personal time available for training. While the overall volume is not significantly larger than the 70.3 Level Two schedules, it will be noticeable that you are doing more!