How To Qualify For Kona
Last year I aged up to the women's 45-49 year old age group. My family and my support team decided this was the year to push for a slot. It required some serious commitment in planning, time, equipment and finances. I didn't write down my qualification plan but it was structured much like a business plan.
I thought that I’d share how I build a power-based race simulation rides for ironman. It’s not particularly complex (at least to me). The “art” comes from interpreting the fatigue that the athlete will carry into the marathon and not screwing up the run with an inappropriate bike-power strategy.
The main difference between training to qualify and training to compete is the workload of the key days and the spacing of the key workouts.
Mid-pack athletes might train themselves to ultimately complete the ironman distance across four to six days.
Aspiring Kona-qualifiers should build their programs so that they can complete the ironman distance across 30 hours and have the bulk of their training time done at or over specific race pace and power.
Across the months of May and June, I have been sharing unconventional tips with my most successful athletes:
Consider your season over.
In my last article in our How to Qualify series I looked at how some typical benchmark workouts may progress across the course of the qualifying year for an athlete who is on track for a Kona slot. In this piece, we’re going to dive into these benchmarks in a little more depth to look at some of the implications of being strong in some benchmarks while struggling to hit others.
I’ll address such questions as: