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Wednesday night’s Zwift Group Workout Series: The Dragon

This week's TRI247 Workout Series on Zwift is a new workout inspired by IRONMAN Wales, which takes place on Sunday. Join us on Wednesday evening at 7p.m. UK-time to ride The Dragon. Check out the session details here...

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TRI247 Workout Series #37 – The Dragon, with Paul Shanley

Wednesday, 5th September 7.00pm UK time on Zwift

(ZWIFT LINK >>> https://zwift.com/events/view/84376)

Here are the details of Wednesday’s TRI247 Workout Series group session on Zwift. This week, another new session that we’ve called The Dragon!

Why ‘The Dragon’?

This week’s session is inspired by the upcoming IRONMAN Wales, where tonight’s ride leader, TRI247 Sales and Marketing Manager Paul Shanley, will be hoping that he can ‘Face the Dragon‘ and cross the finish line at one of the sports bucket-list events. Now in its eighth year, IRONMAN Wales is a 2,800 athlete sold-out event.

IRONMAN Wales
Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images for Ironman

The course in Tenby is rightly-regarded as being one of the toughest on the IRONMAN circuit. With a wide range of hills in both steepness and length, it is a 112-mile ride that will leave even the best challenged and rewards a rider who can do more than sit at a constant wattage in the aero position! This session has been created to touch many of those aspects and this includes a range of wattages and different blocks to target different skills. These include:

  • A three-part, progressive warm-up
  • An extended sub-threshold block with short periods above FTP
  • Some short, but high power surges to reflect the increased wattages you may be forced to use on some of the steeper Tenby hills, and finally
  • Two ‘over-under’ blocks to challenge you ability to deal with variability – which you have no choice about on the Tenby course!!

Set your reminder now and join us at 7pm, Wednesday 5th September!

TRI247 Workout Series / Zwift - The Dragon

[You can set yourself a reminder on Zwift here: https://zwift.com/events/view/84376]

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 5th September 2018. 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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