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Overloading for Ironman Hawaii

Qualifying for Kona requires a lot of work and, even if you have all day to train, smart overload is an effective way to get better.


Specific Preparation: Part 1

Before we get into the specific workouts that I use to prepare an athlete for Kona qualification, let’s review the nature of the event.


Plan for the “Realist”

I’ve talked about the different improvement curves that I’ve observed for different types of athletes. I identified three basic athlete types: the natural, the realist and the worker. As part


What Type of Athlete are You?

I have noticed some interesting trends in how different athletes respond to different amounts and types of training.


Basic Base for Ironman Hawaii

I wanted to get into detail with practical examples of the specific work that is required to get you to Kona.

Planning Training

Your Kona Week

I’m going to step back from the technical detail and dig a little deeper into my statement that you’re looking at four hours per day, most days, of time commitment.

Lifestyle Planning

Your Kona Push: Big Season Planning

In 2011, I aged up to the women’s 45-49 year old age group. My family and my support team decided 2012 was the year to push for a slot.


Big Unit Ironman Fueling

It’s important to find an ironman fueling plan that is effective over the length of your race, at specific efforts and that fits your body composition.


Navigating Your Kona Quest

In this article, I’ll discuss the five most common limiters to fast age group ironman performance.


How to Qualify – An Introduction

This initial article in our How to Quality series focuses specifically on advice for the athlete who wants to qualify for Kona.