Wednesday’s Zwift Group Workout: ‘The Small but Mighty’ with Natalie Lawrence

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TRI247 Workout Series #110 – The Small but Mighty

Wednesday, 4th March 2020 7.00pm UK time on Zwift



Here are the details for this week’s Wednesday night TRI247 Workout Series group workout on Zwift. We have another brand new session and a new guest rider leader and coach for you this week, Natalie Lawrence has set and will be leading the session on Wednesday.

As always, the session is open to ALL standards and everyone is welcome, so join us at 7pm, UK-time.

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:

The Small but Mighty session

The main set this week is an extended pyramid set. Starting with a moderate five minute effort, subsequent reps will reduce in time – but increase in intensity – until we reach a peak of one minute at 120% FTP. Once, done, we’ll then descend, finishing off with the same 5mins at 85% that we started with.

Thus, that pyramid will involve repetitions of 5/4/3/2/1/2/3/4/5 minutes.

It may prove to be a slow burner – but expect it to bite hard through the hour of effort!

TRI247 Workout Series / Zwift / Natalie Lawrence / Short but Mighty

Tonight’s Ride Leader – Natalie Lawrence

This week’s session has been compiled by and will be lead by Natalie Lawrence. (

Natalie Lawrence

Natalie represented Great Britain internationally at Junior and U23 level in European and World Championship competition as well as being a World Champion in Biathle (run-swim-run).

Now a mother of four children, Natalie’s enthusiasm for fitness and racing is still strong and she has been using Zwift extensively all through the 2019/20 off-season as she targets Age-Group success over the Middle and Long distances. She may be small in stature, but her power is ‘mighty’… hence the name of today’s workout!

Natalie Lawrence

Join us at 7p.m. on Wednesday 4th March 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:]

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 4th March 2020. 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’.

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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.

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