How many hours do you need to train to complete an Ironman?

A few weeks ago I sat down with Rob Kelly of Kelly Brothers Productions and we had a fun chat about how many hours are needed to train for an Ironman. What spured me on to ask Rob for this interview was his facebook post while in Kailua Kona watching IronMan Hawaii. The post is below

From the Kona Media Kit:

You could be thinking, ‘‘I could do that, but what does it take to train?’’ Never fear, there are average times for this, too. Triathletes train an average of seven months for Ironman. The average hours per week devoted to training for Ironman generally fall between 18 and 30-plus.

Average training distances for each discipline include:
1) Miles per week swimming: 7 (11.3 km)
2) Miles per week biking: 225 (373.3 km)
3) Miles per week running: 48 (77.2 km)

Who are these people? 18 hours a week? Minimum?

This led to the following interview (see below)

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3 responses to “How many hours do you need to train to complete an Ironman?

  1. One thing I did not mention was that I averaged just over 10 hours a week of training from Jan to Aug. Finish time 10:39. If you did IM this year how many hours did you average a week?

  2. “some stomach discomfort” later defined as 1hr into the bike-25k into the run…
    Imagine what Rob could do without 6-7 hours of GI distress!

  3. Imagine what Rob could do without the distress and averaging 10 hrs a week of training. Look out!

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