Tonight’s Zwift Group Workout: Train with Tom Davis

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TRI247 Workout Series #121 – ‘The Tom Davis 4×4

Wednesday, 20th May 2020 – 7.00pm UK time on Zwift



Ok, so triathlon racing might be over for quite a while – 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!

We’ve got another (!) brand new addition to the TRI47 Workout Series this week. This week we welcome British long-distance Pro triathlete, Thomas Davis, as guest coach and ride leader. Join the Team ERDINGER Alkoholfrei athlete online for an hour of quality training tonight.

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 Session: The Tom Davis 4×4

This week’s session features four tough (FTP+) efforts, each of four minutes – hence the session name. While those efforts will be tough – physically and mentally – you will also get significant recovery between each effort, so there’s plenty of time to regroup from any suffering… before you go again.

Use this session to hold the full aero position if you are riding a TT / Tri bike. It’s a great opportunity to develop your ability to produce power in a race position. That will pay off come race day…

IF you cannot hold the power targets for those four minute efforts, bring dial down the intensity to the best effort you can achieve. This is a session that will give you big returns further down the line, so be mentally strong during each four minute block.

Zwift Workout Series / Thomas Davis / Tom Davis

This week’s ride leader: Thomas Davis

Tom is a member of the ERDINGER Alkoholfrei International squad, which boasts such talent as Patrick Lange, Andreas Raelert and Daniela Bleymehl.

A fine swimmer, Tom is typically at or near the front of most of the events he races in from the start. Never afraid to race hard, he’s not one to sit back and this approach has seen him make rapid progress and secure a host of top international finishes over the past two seasons. Still young and relatively new to the sport, expect to hear a lot more about Tom Davis over the coming years.


Tom Davis / Thomas Davis

Join us at 7p.m. on Wednesday 20th May 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:]

Joining Instructions:

The workout will begin promptly at 7.00pm UK time, Wednesday 20th May 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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