Firstly you need to decide which is your 'A' Race. This will be the event that you’re most highly motivated for - the one you really want to succeed at. It will be the focus of all your training and preparation, you should aim to peak for your 'A' Race. (Planning Your Race Season)
Scenario 1: 'B Race' is 4-10 weeks before 'A Race'
For your best outcome count back from your 'A Race' date and choose a plan to fill that gap. You can then Include Your 'B' Race Into Your Training Plan.
In this circumstance your 'B Race' should be an appropriate distance for your ability. For instance if this is your first time at your 'A Race' distance then your 'B Race' should be at a lesser distance to provide a sensible build. Your plan will also be sure to get you in good shape for both races.
Scenario 2: 'B Race' is 10+ weeks before 'A Race'
The answer here can vary according to race distance and your experience/ability.
If you are quite new to training then you should train for your longest 'A' race even if the gap is 16-20 Weeks.
If you are experienced with good fitness wanting to focus on achieving your best result then you can train at higher levels with shorter plans, specific to your race. Ensure you recover from your 'B' Race and recommence training to your next race with an 8+ week plan
Training for more than one Race Type?
It can be challenging to train for two races of different disciplines (for example if you have a Marathon and an IRONMAN in one season).
My Pro Coach Training Plans are written specifically to get you ready to be in your best shape for your target race. You can imagine, if you try to mix plans the effect could be slightly diluted for both races.
If you are prepared to compromise on performance then you can follow the steps above (choose your 'A Race' and so on). You will then need to use your experience to make some adjustments to your chosen plan(s) in order to allow for the two races. (Change out Z2 workouts, gradually increase your long run etc). Be conscious of injury risk, over-training, fatigue and being unable to nail your key sessions.
To achieve your full potential we always recommend focus on one race 'type'. However if you need more advice feel free to get in touch.
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