Going Pro: Triathlete Logan Franks

Have you ever looked at your training schedule and thought “There just isn’t enough time in the day”?

If so then do yourself a favor and start following Professional Triathlete Logan Franks on Twitter to REALLY see what a jam packed day looks like. Logan tweets things like

“Heading to the gym for a 2:15min spin, a short swim, a nice little lifting session, and 40 more minutes on the bike. Thursdays suck!”

While that may not seem out of the ordinary for a pro, according to Logan Thursday is one of his “slow days”

After returning from Iraq in 2009 where he served as a gunner for the Marine Corps, he took $6000, bought a Cervelo P2C and everything he needed to complete an Ironman and then registered for 2010 IM Lake Placid… where he ended up finishing 11th overall and qualified for Kona. He placed 52nd in Kona and had the fastest American marathon time.

In 2011 he decided to go pro.

What makes Logan’s story different (other than the fact he hadn’t experienced triathlon until after Iraq) is how he manages his schedule. Outside of the 18-20 training hours he logs each week Logan is a full-time student, still active in the Marine Reserves, and works a part time job about 20 hours a week.

Logan’s Monday’s come together like this:

7am – Swim 3000 meters
9a-10a – Class
4 Hour Bike Ride (He uses his car as his gear storage and changing room)
3:30-6:30 – Class (At this point he’s eaten lunch in the hall way walking there)
Swim 3000 meters

With is 2012 race schedule set, I asked him what tips he had for offseason indoor training.

“You can only get so fit before hitting the ceiling. So I start the offseason buy getting a little out of shape. I’ve spent a month eating chicken wings and drinking beer.”

Logan starts base training at a 7:30 pace eventually incorporating some speed work and later distance and speed work.

His focus this season is to peak at all seven races on his schedule which is comprised of three 70.3’s and three Iron distance races (including Kona of course).

As a newer triathlete, how was is transitioning from the 70.3 distance to the 140.6 distance?

“Your training is practically the same. I would suggest adding some extra speed work. Last season [2011] I used the 70.3’s to train for the Iron distance”

What about racing, what is the biggest change there?

“Nutrition is paramount at the Iron distance. You need to work your nutrition like clockwork. My coach has me eat the same breakfast 4 hours before a race. I eat a ridiculous amount of apple sauce, a power bar and a protein shake. During a race I’m eating something every 15 minutes.”

Logan also stressed staying on top of your hydration.

“I learned about hydration in Iraq, they taught us hot weather survival. I used that training during my first year doing triathlon.”

You’ll notice in all the pictures he’s wearing the Punisher logo on his gear.

“I think you’re the first person to ever ask me that! While I was in Fallujah the logo kind of became our mascot for Fox Company. On our second tour we needed a call sign and picked Punisher. We painted it on our vehicles and one guy flew the flag from the back of his hummer. The Marines are really who I am and why I decided to do triathlon.”

You can see Logan’s race schedule and read his personal story on his website.

Logan Franks Gear:

Bike: Specialized Transition Pro
Shoes: Sidi Road Shoe/Brooks Glycerin 9
Wetsuit: Blue Seventy

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