Why aren't zwift training plans periodized? Why is there no recovery?

Single-track slayer. 10 weeks, not a single recovery week. 3 intensity days a week as a minimum. No way to pause. No way to take recovery without messing the plan up.

Surely there is more common sense at zwift than that?

Hi @Joseph_Busby_ARMY_CY

Picking the right workout for your fitness level is important. Not all training plans has rest weeks it depends on what is the aim of the workout plan.

Looking at the training plan it has about 400TSS per week. So picking that workout I would assume you are ok with 400+ TSS per week.


Gerrie, are you familiar with the theory of periodization?

The ‘singletrack slayer’ plan also states that it’s a specific block - pre a race. Anyone following will either stagnate or reach their race overtrained with no chance for supercompensarion ever?

Yes I do. (But I am not a coach)

I would assume that a advanced rider will have a weekly TSS of above 700tss per week before starting the taper to race day. So the 400TSS will not stress the body and the recovery will be quick.

But maybe some of the coaches can jump in to help with this answer.

  1. If you’re used to 700 TSS/week, why would you pick a 400TSS program, especially one with no room for outdoor workouts.

  2. If you’re not a 700TSS/week athlete, then constantly doing 400, rather than 300 350 400 rest 350 40 450 rest etc is mad?

Hi @Joseph_Busby_ARMY_CY

So I am not a coach. (Please coaches step in here and help)

But how I understand it is you do lots of TSS in the build phase then before the race you taper/drop the TSS and do more focus work. The focus work has less TSS but is still taxing on the system.

So in my current program we did 800, 850, 900, 700 weeks in the build phase now we are in the 12 week focus part and the prescribed TSS is around 500. The instruction is to add some easy Z2 if needed to help recover.

So in short this program seem like it is doing what I would expect, if you have a solid base.