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Tonight’s Zwift Group Workout: Helen Jenkins – Breakaway!

Join two-time ITU Triathlon World Champion, Helen Jenkins, tonight on Zwift for a brand new addition to the TRI247 Group Workout Series!

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TRI247 Workout Series #169 – Breakaway!

Wednesday, 21st April 2021 – 7.05pm UK time on Zwift

(ZWIFT LINK >>> https://www.zwift.com/events/view/2019078)

Join us on tonight on Zwift for the latest edition of the Tri247 Workout Series. Free to join and open to ALL abilities, enjoy an hour of structured training with the added motivation of a virtual group training environment.

We’ve got a brand new addition to the TRI247 Workout archive tonight – and you’ll be riding with guest ride leader, Helen Jenkins (www.helenjenkins.co.uk).

If you are new to Zwift and are not sure how it all works, it’s well worth checking out our articles archive to find out more:

The Breakaway session

This workout is focused around creating a breakaway and then sustaining power. It is also ideal preparation for hilly races.

Focus on a comfortable cadence during the break away reps and try and aim to keep your upper body relaxed saving all your energy for the pedals.

The main set comprises of 6 reps of:

  • 30secs at 120% FTP (‘the surge’), straight into
  • 60 secs at 105% FTP (‘build that gap’), straight into
  • 2:30 at 95% FTP (‘maintain that breakaway’)
  • 3:00 recovery.
Helen Jenkins / Zwift / Breakaway

Tonight’s Ride Leader – Helen Jenkins

Helen Jenkins is one of Great Britain’s most decorated triathletes. Three-times an Olympian, Helen finished fifth at the London Games in 2012. She was also the ITU Triathlon World Champion in 2008 and 2011 and has a host of World Triathlon Series victories and podiums on her illustrious C.V. as well as being a Mixed Relay Triathlon World Champion.

Join Helen tonight – along with athletes from around the globe – for an hour of quality training and banter. Session is suitable for ALL abilities, as every athlete will work to their individual power targets, all while working within the group workout environment on Zwift.

Helen Jenkins
Photo Credit: Ryan Sosna-Bowd

Free (Virtual) Kit!

Every rider who completes a TRI247 ride (including our weekly Manic Monday Time Trial), will now unlock the bespoke TRI247 kit to their Zwift garage, to wear online whenever they choose!

TRI247 Zwift Kit

[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/2019078]

Joining Instructions:

The workout will begin promptly at 7.05pm UK time, Wednesday 21st April 2021. 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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