There is a 20+ mile open water race in Massachusetts called the Blackburn Challenge. I would like to enter it and do reasonably well.
The time to complete the race is between 3 1/2 and 4 1/2 hours, and so it is roughly similar to 50k on the erg. I thought that the best way to prep for that was to use an existing Marathon training plan.
There are two that I know of.
- Eddie Fletcher Marathon Training Plan
- Indoor Sport Services Online Marathon Training Plan
(This one may ask you for your email to get to)
I analyzed both of the plans and they both seemed reasonable. There were some cool things in the indoor sports services plan, but the Eddie Fletcher plan came with some impressive personal endorsements, and it was considerably simpler.
It is basically a 12 week plan, but I will run through it twice in a row, hopefully resetting my targets between sets.
I did a detailed day by day spreadsheet to track progress. I figure the easiest way to let people look at it is to make it public on Google Sheets.
So far, so good. But I’m about to lose a week, so who knows how much damage that will do.
2 thoughts on “Training for the Blackburn Challenge”
Twice through this plan is a big ask. Before my last erg Marathon I did it for 16 weeks and felt jaded by the end.
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It will basically be once through on the erg and once through on the water. But you might be right. I might lean a bit more into base aerobic fitness as I go through it the first time.