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Zwift Racing: 8 Weeks to Zwift Fast
written by Tim Cusick, TrainingPeaks WKO product leader and master coach with BaseCamp
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 comprehensive training plan uses WKO and the Power Duration Curve, which will individualize your workout prescription based on your data as you gain fitness. 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.
To use this plan, you will need to have a power meter and the TrainingPeaks WKO software (if you don't have WKO or if you don't train with power, you can still get these cutting-edge workouts and plans; just search for the Classic versions). This plan uses the advanced iLevels training protocol developed by Dr. Andy Coggan and the new training metrics available in WKO, like FTP/FRC, FRC, and PMAX. Learn more about WKO or watch Coach Cusick’s free educational WKO webinars.
Included with your plan:
- User guide
- Testing protocol
- Coaching tips and encouragement
- Free strength training routine from Menachem Brodie
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How it Works
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This plan works best with the following fitness devices:
- Power Meter
- This plan includes a Free Basic TrainingPeaks Account.
- Access your training plan anywhere on the TrainingPeaks mobile and desktop apps.
- Track your performance with robust data tracking and detailed graphs.
- Plan for your event in the TrainingPeaks calendar.
- Track your weight, sleep, hours, fatigue and stress while you train.
- Completed workouts sync with popular apps like Garmin and Wahoo. Learn More
- If plan includes Structured Workouts, then planned workouts sync to compatible devices and guide you through workouts in real time. Learn More
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