My Pro Coach training plans range from 8 to 40 weeks in duration, so the best thing to do is count back from your "A" target race date and then choose a plan to fill that gap. You can fit your other races into this timeframe.
Length of Plan
Your training plan will take you right up to race day. The longer the plan the easier it starts and the more gradually it progresses and this has a bearing on the difficulty level you choose. For example a 12 week plan starts off at a higher level than a 36 week plan because with 12 weeks left there's not as much opportunity to build up slowly. So if you're choosing a short plan, err on the side of caution when picking the difficulty level.
Your choice of Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced level depends on 3 things
Your current fitness
Your time availability
(Most importantly, your current fitness and your time availability)
The Beginner plans take less time each week, followed by the Intermediate plans and then the Advanced plans which take most time.
All the plans are designed for amateur athletes, and can be fitted around a Monday to Friday 9-5 job. If you have a busy work/family schedule then we recommend you choose a Beginner or Intermediate level plan regardless of your ability.
Only choose an Advanced plan if you have at least 18 months experience. Choosing an Advanced plan won't necessarily turn you into an advanced athlete if the plan is too hard for you from the start. You'd be better off with an Intermediate plan and nailing every session.
Preview your Plan
When you are choosing your training plan you can preview each training plan and in the description there are screenshots of the first and hardest fortnights.
Have a careful look at these and ask yourself if you're capable of a) fitting them in to your schedule and b) fit enough to do the workouts.
You'll improve quickest by having the right training plan for your availability and current fitness.
If, after you purchase your plan, you feel that it is too easy/hard for you, we will happily swap the level for you for free within the first 2 weeks. We want to help you to successful training and racing!
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