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Ironman World Championships Kona 2013 (Photo: *christopher*)

Ironman World Championships Kona 2013 (Photo: *christopher*)

Making the decision to do an Ironman is not one that should be taken lightly, after all a 3.8km swim followed by a 180km bike and finished with a 42km run isn’t something just anyone can do.

Taking your first steps as an Ironman-in-training can be daunting, but we’re here to help you with a compilation of some of the best articles we’ve built up that deal with going long.

You’ll find Ironman training advice for the swim, bike and run as well as race-day tips and our experts’ Ironman training plans below.

Ironman Swim Training

Pete Jacobs: Ironman Swim Training – Ironman World Champion Pete Jacobs reveals his top Ironman swimming training and race tips

Ironman Training: Swim Like A Pro – Learn to swim like an Ironman pro with exclusive tips from Kona swim record holder Jan Sibberson

7 Ways To Swim Longer – Boredom can kill your focus during long sessions. Rethinking your swim training can help you stay in the water for longer

Triathlon Swimming: Pool Training With Fraser Cartmell – Here are Scottish Pro, and IMUK winner, Fraser Cartmell’s tips for keeping focus in the pool.

Swimming Training: How To Navigate Faster In Open Water – Knock minutes off your triathlon swim splits and save valuable energy with these tips from coaching editor Phil Mosley

Ironman bike trainingPete Jacobs: Ironman Bike Training – Ironman World Champion Pete Jacobs explains how get through your Ironman bike training

How To Build Bike Speed For Your Ironman – Use aerobic max power intervals to boost your Ironman bike race pace, says coach Garth Fox

How To Cycle Faster: Ironman Bike Secrets – Ironman pro Michael Weiss tells you how to improve your Ironman bike split by heading off-road

Ironman Training: Bike Like A Pro – Learn to bike like an Ironman pro with exclusive tips from two-time Ironman world champion Norman Stadler

Ironman run training

Pete Jacobs: Ironman Run Training – Ironman World Champion Pete Jacobs reveals how to train for the Ironman marathon

How To Prevent Running Injuries – How to avoid the running toll and stay injury-free for Ironman

Ironman Training: Run Like A Pro – Learn to run like an Ironman pro with exclusive tips from world-class triathlete Mirinda Carfrae

Run Faster In Your Ironman – Spencer Smith tells you how to run a stronger Ironman marathon

How To Run An Ironman Marathon – Three key lessons to mastering the Ironman marathon

Ironman race tips
How To Pace An Ironman – Expert Michael Ricci explains why pacing is essential when racing long-distance triathlon

How To Race In Kona – Pro triathlete and doctor Tamsin Lewis on how to race in Ironman Hawaii

25 Beginner’s Ironman Tips – These 25 beginner’s Ironman tips will help make your first iron-distance triathlon a success.

Ironman Training: Plan For Next Year – Ironman triathlons sell out fast, so training and planning well in advance are key to success

Ironman training plans

First Ironman Triathlon Training Plan

This beginner training plan will get you Ironman-race-ready in just 12 weeks. View the My First Ironman plan.

  • Weeks: 12
  • Time: 6-11 hours / 7-15 hours
  • Existing fitness: Swim 400m non-stop, bike 2:30 non-stop, run 1 hour non-stop
  • Author: Phil Mosley – Triathlon Plus coaching editor and elite athlete

Conquer The Ironman Triathlon Training Plan

Tackle triathlon’s toughest challenge with this Ironman training plan to get you up to race fitness. View the Conquer The Ironman plan.

  • Weeks: 12
  • Time: 12 hours / 15 hours
  • Existing fitness: Swim 2.5km non-stop, ride 70 miles non-stop, run 16 miles non-stop
  • Author: Martin Yelling – Triathlon coach, former international duathlete and Hawaii Ironman finisher

Build Your Ironman Foundation Training Plan

Use this Ironman training plan to build the endurance and strength you’ll need on race day. View the Build Your Ironman Foundation plan.

  • Weeks: 12
  • Time: 8-10 hours / 10-14 hours
  • Existing fitness: Swim 2km non-stop, bike 2 hours non-stop, run 1 hour non-stop
  • Author: Phil Mosley – Triathlon Plus coaching editor and elite athlete

Move On To Marathons Training Plan

Move up to long-distance running with this marathon training plan to get your going further in training. View the Move On To Marathons plan.

  • Weeks: 12
  • Time: 6-8 hours / 10+ hours
  • Existing fitness: Already competing in Olympic-distance triathlon
  • Author: Martin Yelling – Triathlon coach, former international duathlete and Hawaii Ironman finisher

12 Weeks To Ironman Training Plan

This 12-week Ironman training plan will help get you ready to face the ultimate endurance challenge. View the 12 Weeks To Ironman plan.

  • Weeks: 12
  • Time: upto 13 hours / upto 16 hours
  • Existing fitness: Swim 2.5km non-stop, bike 3 hours non-stop, run 90mins non-stop
  • Author: Phil Mosley – Triathlon Plus coaching editor and elite athlete

Boost Your Open Water Swimming Plan

This Ironman swimming plan is designed to prepare you for open water races, helping you get to T1 first! View the Boost Your Open Water Swimming Plan.

  • Weeks: 4
  • Time: 6 hours / 10 hours
  • Existing fitness: Swim 750m non-stop, bike 2 hours non-stop, run 30mins non-stop
  • Author: Doug Hall – Elite triathlete and coach

Ironman Countdown Training Plan

Our Ironman training plan will help you get your physical, mental and logistical preparations just right for a smooth race. View the Ironman Countdown Training Plan.

We’ve also got Nine Killer Ironman Workouts that you can view here.