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Tonight’s Zwift Group Workout Series: A Bit Of Speed Too!

Triathletes have no speed? Ok, to be fair, our typical goal on the bike is for a relatively steady-state effort. In tonight's Zwift TRI247 Workout Series, we try to address that a little in the 'A bit of speed too..." session, set by your Editor, John Levison

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TRI247 Workout Series #31 – “A bit of speed too…”

Wednesday, 25th July 7.00pm UK time on Zwift

(ZWIFT MOBILE LINK >>> http://zwift.com/events/view/73866)

Here are the details of tonight’s weekly TRI247 Workout Series group session on Zwift. Your Editor has put together a session to help address one the areas that we don’t typical address as triathletes – speed!

The ‘A bit of speed too…’ session

Steady state / even-pacing / low variability index; however you want to term it, keeping your cycling efforts relatively smooth (because we have to run afterwards), is the characteristic and objective for most triathletes, especially as the distances get longer.

TRI247 Workout Series / Zwift - A little bit of speed

Sometimes however, you need to go fast to get faster, and that is the idea behind tonight’s “A bit of speed too…” session.

After a progressive warm up and some ‘primer’ efforts to get us ready for the main workout, the session includes three block of ‘traditional’ sub-threshold / sweetspot / FTP type efforts. Each one is followed by a set of short, but high(er) intensity sprint efforts with short recoveries, to briefly get us away from our typical triathlon training comfort zone. The aim is to be able to develop that top end power, but doing so while fatigued.

Fear not, the sprint efforts are certainly ‘Tour de France sprint finish max effort’ type levels, but should be sufficient to wake up any sleeping fast twitch muscle fibres that have been lacking a bit of action!

Join TRI247 Editor John Levison and the Wednesday night regulars online tonight at 7pm for an hour of midweek fun.

[You can set yourself a reminder on Zwift here: http://zwift.com/events/view/73866]

You can find the custom workout files from all of the previous TRI247 Workout Series sessions on these links, to download and do ride again in your own time:

Custom Workout downloads from previous Zwift sessions:

Joining Instructions:

The workout will begin promptly at 7.00pm UK time, Wednesday 25th July 2018. It is worth logging in 10 or 15 minutes before the session to make sure you are set up and ready to go, where you will be able to warm up in the virtual ‘holding pen’.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XNTXAkky4qE

Look for the TRI247 Workout Series event in the list on the right of the screen once you have paired your sensors. Click to JOIN and you will be taken to the start line ready to begin the workout.

Make sure you have set your FTP level correctly before you join the workout as all the intervals are based on a percentage of FTP so it is important to get that right. If in doubt, dial the FTP number down 10 or 20 watts as it is better to finish the session than to feel like it is too challenging.

If you have never used Zwift before but don’t want to miss out, head to the Zwift support page for tips on how to get the most out of your setup.

After the session head over to the TRI247 Facebook page for some post ride chat.

Zwift Group Rides: TRI247 Workout Series

The cool thing about a group workout on Zwift is that varying levels of ability can ride together in a group and all finish the session together having done the same relative effort, even if the actual watts are significantly different. It is not a race, but a shared goal to get a good session in the training log.

John Levison
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John Levison
TRI247's Chief Correspondent, John has been involved in triathlon for well over 30 years, 15 of those writing on these pages, whilst he can also be found commentating for events across the UK.
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