Zwift Racing - 8 Weeks to Zwift Fast - Classic Zones
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Zwift Racing: 8 Weeks to Zwift Fast
written by Tim Cusick, TrainingPeaks WKO product leader and master coach with Velocious Cycling Adventures
Train with the coach of national and world ITT champion Amber Neben! This 8-week plan will prepare you to make the most of your Zwift training and get you ready to step up onto the Zwift virtual podium! The plan is designed for intermediate/advanced cyclists who already have a general base fitness and are ready to take their Zwift riding to the next level.
So you want to be "Zwift fast?" Training for success in Zwift races means you need a high Functional Threshold Power (FTP) and strong anaerobic capabilities. This plan contains two distinct cycles. Cycle 1 focuses on raising your FTP with training formats that will also help you maintain your ability to change speeds and hang in the fast pack. Cycle 2 focuses on building your anaerobic capabilities with double workouts that will really challenge you and push you to your Zwift peak!
This innovative training plan uses Coggan Classic levels and is designed for use with power, heart rate, or perceived exertion. It includes testing, a Zwift race day taper at the end, and exciting new workouts like back-to-back intensity days, micro-intervals, and new secret double workouts to push you to your peak! You'll also get lots of Coach Cusick training tips.
The workouts can be used in the traditional format or as structured workouts, which load automatically to select devices (Garmin, Zwift, RGT, ErgVideo, TrainerRoad, Racermate, and more) so you can see your workout and interval numbers right on your device.
Included with your plan:
- Instruction sheet (attached to the first day of the plan)
- Testing protocol
- Coach Cusick's training goals at the beginning of each training cycle
- Coaching tips and encouragement
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Tim Cusick has written dozens of training plans for many different areas of cycling: road, gravel, time trial, mountain bike, cyclocross, indoor training, and more. Click here for a full list of his current plans by sport type and click here for a comparison chart of his major plans.
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Training Plan Sample Week
Average Weekly Breakdown
|Workouts||Weekly Average||Longest Workout|
|8:52 hrs||2:00 hrs|
Day Off x1
|Workouts Per Week||Weekly Average||Longest Workout|
||8:52 hrs||2:00 hrs|
Training Load By Week
This plan works best with the following fitness devices:
- Power Meter
- Heart Rate Monitor