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Ironman Wisconsin Training Group 2017/2018

Welcome to the 2017/2018 TVTC Ironman Training Group! Ironman can be a fun and wonderful experience – the training and the race - if you are prepared physically, and mentally. What people don’t expect is the mental drain. We want to help you prepare physically to meet your time and athletic goals, but also enjoy the process.

In 2017, we will not have a team Ironman event. Instead, any athlete thinking about doing an Ironman in 2018, or any athlete who wishes to tackle 70.3 events in 2017 should focus on long distance speed and strength by training for and racing a series of half Ironman races. Beginning in November 2017, we will begin to train directly for a full Ironman distance targeted for late August/early September 2018. TVTC is currently leaning towards Ironman Wisconsin, however, other full races within a 2 week period of Ironman Wisconsin will fit with our periodization and training plan.

If you would like to train for a full distance Ironman race to be completed in 2017 we still have a place for you! We have several people that have the base of training and skills they need to complete a full this year, and will be training for different full Ironman races in 2017. Because each of them are not on the same periodization, we recommend those seeking to complete a full this year to select our TVTC Personal Training plan for 6 months out from your race. We recommend most of your training except for the last 4 months can and should be done with others. Thankfully, we have a lot of people on the team that can help you learn the skills you want and need to be successful in your first or fifth Ironman race. The "map" is what you need. Anyone can train long, but knowing when and what to do that is the key. That's what we do.


Our main goals for your Ironman experience are:

  • that after every workout, you feel like you WANT to, and are excited to, get back on the bike again, or run again, or swim again the next day
  • to avoid injury and illness
  • to not expend all your mental energy too early in the training, and lose interest in training later
  • to prepare your body early to withstand higher volumes of load later in the season (Ironman is not, "Ironman long, so you train long," the entire year!)
  • to prepare your body physically to achieve your goals week to week, month to month, and through the race based on your incoming fitness, skills, and experience
  • to train smart. Train hard when necessary, rest when necessary. Train long with focus when necessary, and train shorter with focus when necessary.
  • to complete key workouts, races, and race simulations at each phase of training to practice and prepare for different parts of the race
  • to train phase to phase, race to race
  • to use the time you have available wisely based on your needs and goals

What you get:

  • Monthly training calendar delivered via Training Peaks (open an account)
  • Major milestone supported practices
  • 3-6 coached practices per week, weekly email, and all the perks of TVTC Team Membership
  • 9 months of coached/group based training (training with a group keeps you motivated and focused)
2017/2018 Team Ironman Event and Phases
Phase IM Wisconsin
Phase 1: Base: Strength, Form & Readiness Nov 2017 - Feb 2018
Phase 2: Build: Strength, Endurance & Speed Feb - May
Phase 3: Race Focus: Preparing directly for Ironman May - Aug

The Ironman Group will be led by USAT Coaches Liz Elliott and Lael Heinig. Liz completed Ironman Canada in 2007 and again in 2011. On her second go, she PRed in every area of the race, bettering her overall time by 2.5 hours, and a had a super fun day at the race! She completed 2012 Ironman Coeur d'Alene after a tough training season, Ironman Arizona in 2013, and Ironman Cairns in 2014. Liz is the head coach of TVTC, and has coached members to podium spots in Olympic distance triathlons and successful Ironman finishes.

Coach Lael is an accomplished endurance runner and triathlete, and also completed Ironman Florida in 2015 and Ironman Coeur d'Alene in 2012. He leads the bike and run form and analysis for the team, as well as using technology to better your practice and race performance. Lael provides interesting, safe and fun bike, run and strength training, as well as helping members make multi-sport training year round a part of a well balanced life.