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Tonight’s Zwift Group Workout: The Sweetspot Sandwich

Here are the details on tonight's TRI247 Group Workout Series session on Zwift. Join us at 7pm for The Sweetspot Sandwich session

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TRI247 Workout Series #95 – Sweetspot Sandwich

Wednesday, 6th November 2019 7.00pm UK time on Zwift

(ZWIFT LINK >>> https://www.zwift.com/events/view/243797)

Here are the details for tonight’s TRI247 Group Workout Series of Zwift. Join us for another hour of quality training, where this week we’ll be riding the set we call The Sweetspot Sandwich.

The Sweetspot Sandwich session

This session is, at its core, a relatively straightforward 7x 4:30 at ‘Sweetspot’ effort, with 2:00 recovery.

The slight twist – hence the session name – is that the first and last 15 seconds of each interval will be just above FTP effort and thus provide a ‘sandwich’ around the four minutes of sweetspot effort. The logic here is that often you will start a ride fast (perhaps too fast), and then need to settle back into your sustainable effort. Similarly, there may be a pace increase at the very end of a ride, for example, get a good position going into transition.

Overall, the set doesn’t require huge power outputs or speed at any point, but will require mental focus and resilience to maintain the effort through the session as fatigue starts to build from the previous reps.

Main set details, seven repetitions of:

  • 15 secs @105% FTP (Zone 4/5)
  • 4minutes @88% (Sweetspot effort – high Zone 3)
  • 15 secs @105% (Zone 4/5)
  • 2minutes @65% (Recovery)

TRI247 Workout Series Sweetspot Sandwich

Join us at 7p.m. on Wednesday 6th November 2019 (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 too in the same way.]

Join us at 7p.m. on Wednesday 6th November 2019 (UK time) for another quality workout. Set your reminder now on the link below or via the Zwift Companion app.

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/243797]

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 6th November 2019. 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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