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Zwift Workout Wednesday: Train with Laura Siddall

Five-time iron-distance champion, Laura Siddall, will be leading this week’s TRI247 Group Workout on Zwift. Join her for ‘Sid’s Pyramid Adventure’!

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TRI247 Workout Series #131 – ‘Sid’s Inverted Pryamid’

Wednesday, 29th July 2020 – 7.00pm UK time on Zwift

(ZWIFT LINK >>> https://www.zwift.com/events/view/976359)

Ok, so triathlon racing might be limited currently – but that doesn’t have to stop all of your training, particularly cycling from the comfort of your own home / pain cave! Thanks to Zwift, you can self-isolate, train hard (or, as hard as you want), and get your fix of social interaction all in one, thanks to the TRI247 Workout Series!

If you are new to Zwift and are not sure how it all works, it’s well worth checking out these recent articles we’ve published to find out more:

We’ve got another brand new addition to the TRI47 Workout Series this week and we are very pleased to welcome back Laura Siddall, as guest coach and rider leader. Come and enjoy an hour of structured training with a multiple iron-distance champion!

The Session: Sid’s Inverted Pyramid

With Time Trials and even a few triathlons starting to appear back on the racing schedule, this session will focus on being able to maintain that aero and race position whilst producing strong power. These next few weeks are a really good opportunity to hone in our TT position on the bike, and really focus on the technique so that wet we get released back into the wild, we have a great base, good form, and solid fitness to lunch us into the world again.

Oh, and don’t forget to pack that extra set of lungs for the ability to chat whilst we go!

The main set will comprise of three, 9-minute pyramid efforts. Out period will be inverted, as we start hard (above FTP), and then will descend in power, before ramping back up to the finish.

We’ll have an extended warm-up ahead of the main sets, with a decent amount of recovery time between each block in order to ensure quality the second and third time around too.

ALL abilities are welcome – join us online for an hour of quality indoor training – and banter too!

Laura Siddall / Zwift / Sid's Inverted Pyramid

About Laura Siddall

This week’s session will be lead by British Long Distance Professional triathlete, Laura Siddall (www.laurasiddall.com).

IRONMAN Australia 2019 / Laura Siddall

’Sid’ as she is known, is a three-time winner of IRONMAN Australia, 2018 winner of IRONMAN New Zealand and was also the European Long Distance Triathlon champion, winning Challenge Madrid is 2018. Living the ‘Don’t Die Wondering’ mantra, Laura travels the world living between Girona in Spain, Christchurch in New Zealand and is currently back in the UK – ready to lead you in another great TRI247 Workout Series.

Challenge Madrid 2018 ETU Long Distance Triathlon European Championships - Laura Siddall

Join us at 7p.m. on Wednesday 29th July 2020 (UK time) on the virtual roads of Watopia. Set your reminder now on the link below or via the Zwift Companion app.

[TIP – It is always worth having the (free) Zwift Companion app to hand on your mobile device. Within the workout screen you can toggle your FTP by +/- 10% ‘on the fly’, which will immediately change your power targets during the session. Legs feeling heavy, can’t quite hold your power targets? It happens! Rather than can the session, how about moving your targets down 5% first, before giving up completely? Alas, the body isn’t a machine and can’t always deliver as you hope/think it should, so a bit of flexibility and not getting too obsessed with the numbers can be a good thing!

Zwift Companion app FTP Bias

On the flipside, perhaps you are having a good day or increasing the overall training stress of the session better meets your own training goals for that day? In that case, you have the option of nudging your baseline up in the same way.]

The session is genuinely open to everyone of ALL abilities. Group workout mode works fantastically in Zwift and ensures that the power targets are tailored to YOUR level. It makes no difference if your FTP is 400 watts or 100 watts, the targets you see will be specific to you – all while being part of the on-screen group.

[To set your reminder, click here: https://www.zwift.com/events/view/976359]

Joining Instructions:

The workout will begin promptly at 7.00pm UK time, Wednesday 29th July 2020. It is worth logging in 5 or 10 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’.

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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