Has anyone ever bought this triathlon training package and used it? The website seems a bit goofy and low quality to me, like a lot of scam websites, but just because it looks like a scam and smells like a scam doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a scam. Maybe the proprietor Ben Greenfield designed it all himself, and if so, then it’s about what I would expect from someone selling their own triathlon training plan. But some of the claims, or implied claims, seem a bit hard to swallow.
Sure, I wouldn’t be surprised to find out that, as the site claims “the majority of current training methods for an ultra-endurance event like an Ironman are derived from the training schedules, calendars, and lifestyles of professional Ironman triathletes who compete in the sport of triathlon for a living.” But can anyone’s body be prepared for a full Ironman without doing workouts that come close to or exceed those distances in an Ironman? Can you do a 112-mile bike ride without having done one before? Can you run a marathon without having run a marathon before? And if you’re going to do those two things, is there any way to get there without training at least 20 hours per week?
Now, perhaps Ben isn’t saying you don’t bike or run that far in his training package–but he does claim that you’ll be able to do an Ironman with “50% of the average training time”. But maybe this is just spin. 50% of the average training time of who? The average participant, or the average professional participant? I would guess the average pro spends around 40 hours per week training, and the average participant spends around 20 hours per week. Ben seems to imply that his training takes something on the order of 10 hours per week, since he claims in bold type that “…it is pure myth that completing the Ironman triathlon takes 15, 18 or 20 hours of training every week.” So obviously his plan must only take 14 hours or less. If nothing else is hard to believe on the webpage, that claim is. But hey, I’m not an expert, so I’m going to ask my coach what he thinks and I’ll get back to you.
My email to my coach:
To me this reeks of a total scam, but I’m no expert. What do you make of the claim that someone can do a full Ironman with 14 hours or less of training per week?
Response from coach:
No scam, this is very possible. Notice that he does not give a guarantee to the time you will finish it in, just the fact that you will finish.
If you went out next week I bet you could do a 70.3 right now based on your 6 hour training weeks. It would take you 9 hours, but you could do it.
Ben is a friend of mine as well, so I am slightly biased. He’s obviously promoting this to individuals who just want to finish, not finish top 25%.
Unless you are genetically gifted, most 14-hour weeks for a 30-something male will cap out at a 12-hour IM finish.
Diagnosis: Poorly designed and marketed website (since it got me thinking it was a total scam–of course I’ve done web design for a living for 10 years so I’m slightly biased that way), but apparently a perfectly legit product.