The Advanced Ironman Program (AIMP™)
Racing long requires outstanding fitness and superior race day execution, combined with a healthy dose of self control. In seeking to create the optimum training program, there are critical success factors are always within the training plan and part of the coaching philosophy. Combined with an accurate snapshot of your current physiological state (testing), AIMP creates a personal, customized and proven coaching plan tailored to your individual needs.
Whether you’re an elite athlete looking to reach optimal performance or you simply want to finish feeling strong, AIMP will work with you to develop that plan. Here are the critical success factors that outline the coaching philosophy of AIMP:
Triathlon is an endurance event. For all but the fastest elite competitors, an Ironman is a ten- to seventeen hour time trial where the average intensity sustained will be 20 beats (or more) below threshold heart rates. Half Ironman is a five- to seven hour event where the average intensity sustained is 5 to 10 beats below threshold heart rate. The goal of training is creating outstanding fitness for the ability to maintain that optimal race intensity. Outstanding fitness allows for mistakes on race day that can be reeled back in. Outstanding fitness creates a platform for confidence and execution of your race strategy come the event. And, outstanding fitness prevents injuries since the athlete is not trying to push too hard in training and therefore risk overdoing it.
Superior race day execution
Come race day for Ironman or the 70.3, nothing should be unfamiliar. Not only do you know your effort & intensity which you will hold, but you have complete confidence in your hydration & nutrition strategy since you have repeatedly practiced, adjusted and modified it. This reinforces the overall focus of any endurance event – stay within ‘your’ day and try to control the things you can control. By continuously training your race strategy, your day is better prepared for the things you can’t control, like weather, race course changes, volunteer mishaps, other athletes performances etc. Coaching should help you create, solidify and execute your optimal race day.
All the fitness in the world is useless if an athlete is sick or injured on race day. Coaching is about preparing you for your optimal race day. This includes remaining healthy and injury free during your training. The proper plan will build your season with the end result in mind – to toe the line at your ‘A’ race strong, healthy and with the confidence that all the necessary training was completed. Communication with your coach and accurate training logs help identify any potential flare ups, while accurate execution of workouts ensures that the stresses of training can be absorbed.
Recovery & Rest
Many think that an Ironman or 70.3 training program requires a constant breakdown of the body in order to prepare you for the physical and mental challenges of that day. While the necessary fitness is required, the ability of the body to recover, adapt and reengage into a new training phase is critical. Constantly being tired and feeling flat is not training, it is overtraining and often the first sign of chronic fatigue. While it does not have to be this extreme, it is definitely a clear indicator you are not getting faster. AIMP coaching believes in continuous training cycles that factor in recovery, adaptation and then taking the training to the next level. That next level could mean faster, better, stronger weeks OR could mean longer, steadier and completing the training weeks at a lower RPE. Training should result in continuous growth and progression in a season, not stagnation.