Zwift Workout

Wednesday Windtrainer Workout: Zwift Academy 2021 Lactate Tolerance

Improving your lactate tolerance will enable you to sustain threshold pace longer, or recover from top end efforts quicker. So whether it’s attacking a hill or surging a head of your competitors, you will be fitter and more powerful as a result. This session is great for triathletes, road cyclists and mountain bikers.

Each Wednesday I’ll post a Wind Trainer session that you can do in about 60 minutes to enhance your cycling. See a previous post about training intensity (Levels) to know how hard to work. If you are working directly with Coach Ray he will in most cases prescribe either a Power Zone or Heart Rate Zone to work within if you are training with these tools.

The inspiration for this session comes from Watts On Zwift. I’ve modified it a little bit. You can read the full article here. The session itself was designed by Stephen Gallagher and Dan Fleeman from Dig Deep Coaching.

Check out last weeks workout here:

Zwift Academy 2021 Lactate Tolerance

  • 10min WU Level II;
  • 1min Level III;
  • 4min Level II;
  • 4x 30sec Level V+, 1min Level IV;
  • 5min Level I RI;
  • 4x 30sec Level V+, 1min Level IV;
  • 5min Level I RI;
  • 4x 30sec Level V+, 1min Level IV;
  • 5min CD Level I;
  • 10min Stretching

Start the workout with a ten minute Warm Up (WU) riding at Level II. Keep your cadence above 90Rpm for the warm up.

Next ramp things up to Level III for one minute.

Next up is a Rest Interval (RI) at Level II for four minutes, keep your cadence up above 90 to keep the legs fresh, because the hurt is going to come.

The main set is made up of three reps. Each rep is six minutes long and is made up of four sub-reps: 30 seconds at Level V+ (130% of FTP) and 60 seconds at Level IV (95% of FTP). Between each full rep pedal gently at Level I (55% of FTP) for five minutes.

Conclude the intervals with ten minutes riding at Level II for your Cool Down (CD).

Finish with ten minutes stretching to assist with your recovery.

I did this workout last week:

If you would like further advice feel free to contact me.

I am the Head Coach & Director of Qwik Kiwi – Endurance Sports Consultant.

I specialise in assisting first timers and recreational athletes to achieve their sporting goals. I can be contacted at coachray@coachray.nz and 021 348 729. Make sure you sign up to my informative newsletter.

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If you enjoyed this workout, here is a similar session I published previously.

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