Zwift Academy Tri Begins: Learn About Workouts, Group Events, and Unlocks/Prizes

Zwift Academy Tri Begins: Learn About Workouts, Group Events, and Unlocks/Prizes

Zwift Academy Tri launches today, October 29th. Here are the details on what it takes to graduate, plus more information on workouts, group events, and unlocks/prizes!

Graduation Requirements

The following requirements must be met by December 23rd in order to complete Zwift Academy Tri:

Unlocks

Participants will progressively unlock in-game kit while making their way through the ZA Tri program:

  • ZA Tri Running Cap – 2 Run Workouts
  • ZA Tri Running Socks – 4 Run Workouts
  • ZA Tri Running Shirt – 5 Run Workouts + 1 Run Race
  • ZA Tri Cycling Socks – 2 Bike Workouts
  • ZA Tri Cycling Cap – 4 Bike Workouts
  • ZA Tri Cycling Kit – 5 Bike Workouts + 1 TT Race

Word is there’s a special surprise unlock for graduates in addition to what’s listed above!

Grand Prize

ZA Tri graduates can compete for a once in a lifetime experience as part of the Zwift Academy Triathlon Team with support from Zwift and other sponsors including Specialized, Roka, Wahoo, SiS, and Whoop.

The goal of the ZA Tri Team is qualify for and compete in the 2021 Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii. Six team members will be selected!

For details on the selection process, read the 2020 ZA Tri terms and conditions

Workouts

Structured workouts form the heart of Zwift Academy Tri, with each workout accomplishing specific training/testing goals and lasting 40-70 minutes.

You must complete all 10 Zwift Academy Tri 2020 workouts in order to complete the program.

These workouts can be completed individually by selecting the workout within Zwift. They can also be completed by participating in a group workout event. Lastly, if you want to do the workout with a few choice friends, you can organize a Meetup and have everyone select the same workout (more on that here).

Cycling Workouts

Running Workouts

Coach Dan has created short videos explaining each workout, which can be found here.

Set Your Paces

To ensure the best results from your structured training, you’ll want to start your ZA Tri running workouts with accurate pace settings. If you don’t know the run paces you’re capable of, take the Zwift 5k Test. Make sure you are rested before completing the test for best results!

The same goes for the cycling workouts – make sure you have an accurate FTP setting before starting the workouts. To quickly find your FTP, try taking the Ramp Test.

Race Details

Cycling races will be 40k and 20k TT efforts on Fuego Flats. Zwift says “All Zwifters competing for the ZA Tri Team must complete one Time Trial at either distance and use a heart rate monitor and a power gauge (smart trainer or power meter).”

Running races will be 10k and 5k efforts. Zwift says, “If you’re competing for a spot on the Zwift Academy Tri Team, you must complete at least one race. You can choose between 5km and 10 km. A heart rate monitor and cadence sensor is mandatory.”

Races aren’t currently scheduled, but should show up in the next week or so.

Looking for More?

For details on all things ZA Tri, check out the Zwift Academy Tri homepage over on zwift.com.

Want to set yourself up with the fastest TT rig in game? Read our posts on the fastest TT frames and fastest wheelsets.

Questions or Comments?

Post below!

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Eric Schlange

Eric runs Zwift Insider in his spare time when he isn't on the bike or managing various business interests. He lives in Northern California with his beautiful wife, two kids and dog. Follow on Strava

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Mike Nevarez
Mike Nevarez
6 months ago

Thought I read earlier there was going to be a TT helmet unlock for doing it all? Do you know if that’s still the case? Awesome news and reporting as always Eric.

Unknown
Unknown
6 months ago
Reply to  Mike Nevarez

I am pretty sure that there is still a TT helmet unlock. I asked Eric Min about it and he says that it is a suprise…

Alex
Alex
6 months ago

The cycling workouts look fun and not too different from my regular training plans.

Especially compared to the Academy Road ones where I had to manually lower the FTP after totally trashing my legs on workout #3.

So I assume if I just do the 5 cycling workouts and TT race, I‘ll unlock the cycling socks, hat and kit?

Unknown
Unknown
6 months ago
Reply to  Alex

Probably, cant imagine that they would give you running things when you do cycling workouts, or the other way around.

Carolyn Audilet
Carolyn Audilet (@caudilet)
6 months ago
Reply to  Alex

I’m going to do the same. The endurance workouts look good!

David
David (@david-seevers)
6 months ago

The first run workout was broken today. Was supposed to be 50 minutes but it was compressed into about 4 minutes, with the segments and coach’s advice flying by. Looking at future workouts the intervals still seem off somehow. Have a ticket open but have not heard back. Hoping they can make a fix and can give it another go…

luc
luc (@lucwaterlot)
6 months ago
Reply to  David

yeah ! i had the same problem…. after 5 minutes dropped (in case of the 50 minutes)

Anyayn
Anyayn
6 months ago

I am a total newbie to the zwift academies! Do you know if there is a recommended schedule for each activity and race?

David
David (@david-seevers)
6 months ago
Reply to  Anyayn

Good question. They pretty much leave it up to you and your fitness level and goals as far as how to space things out, but via the link Eric provides above to zwift.com they say things like “Coach Dan recommends completing
workouts in numerical order and
alternating between runs and
rides to maximize results.” Good luck!!

Mark Libar
Mark Libar
6 months ago

If I only do the cycling specific workouts and races, will I get the socks, cap and kit for them or do I get the running kits first?

Sportjockel
Sportjockel
6 months ago

I did the first 2 running workouts. But Zwift didn’t count them in my dashboard. The achievement is still at 0 %. Does anybody know what’s the problem ?

Unknown
Unknown
6 months ago
Reply to  Sportjockel

Yes, there is currently a bug, the same happened to me https://forums.zwift.com/t/zwift-academy-tri-2020-issues/513188

Sportjockel
Sportjockel
6 months ago
Reply to  Unknown

Thanks for that advise!
lets Hope the will fix it soon …

Unknown
Unknown
6 months ago
Reply to  Sportjockel

Yeah, not going to do anymore workouts till they fix the bug, don’t want to not receive credit for my rides

Fargo
Fargo
5 months ago

So I just completed the Tri Academy (granted I got it done after workout 4 of the bike due to the fixes they put in for the known bug) I thought the helmet you unlock is the one you see on cyclist in the marketing material for the Tri Academy. The TT helmet I got was similar to the Javelin unlocked at level 37 with all the Tri Academy colors and stripes on it. I see people in game with the helmet pictured in this article (5 guys under Graduation Requirements section), and I assumed that’s what you got as… Read more »

andrew mcdonald
andrew mcdonald
3 months ago

hi i know it’s past and gone i have done the bike workout this year ( only just start zwift in december) if they do it this year do u have to do the bike and run or can you do the bike because i have not got a treadmill so can’t do the run

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