Zwift Academy Tri 2020 FAQ

When does the Zwift Academy Tri start and finish?
The Qualifying Period begins October 29, 2020, 12:01am PST and ends December 23 2020, 11:59pm PST.

The Finals will be held in early 2021. More details to follow.

What do I need to do to graduate Zwift Academy?
To graduate the Academy, complete the program’s 10 structured workouts (5 cycling workouts, 5 running workouts) plus 2 additional events, which need to be one cycling event and one running event. All requirements need to be completed between October 29 and December 23. You’ll find the workouts in a folder called ‘Zwift Academy Tri 2020’ on your workout menu screen. Group rides, runs, and races must specifically be designated ‘Zwift Academy Tri’ to count towards your graduation.

What do I need to do to be considered for the Zwift Academy Tri Team?

  • Be 18 years old or older on December 31st, 2020
  • Graduate Zwift Academy Tri
  • Use a heart rate monitor for all qualifying events
  • Use a smart trainer or power meter, and cadence in all qualifying cycling events
  • Used a run cadence sensor in all qualifying running events
  • Be an amateur triathlete

Should I take an FTP test or run a 5k test before starting the Academy?
We recommend that you start the Academy with an accurate FTP (Functional Threshold Power) number and an accurate 5k time to ensure the best results from your structured training. To find your FTP, we recommend that you try the Zwift Ramp Test. The test involves a warmup and then approximately 4–8 minutes of hard effort and will automatically set your FTP in Zwift. Similarly, we recommend that you try the Zwift 5k Test as this will determine your prescribed workout efforts in-game.

For best results, make sure you are well-rested before completing these tests.

When is the last day to sign up?
Registration for the Academy closes on November 29, 2020, by 11:59 pm PST.

How do I unlock rewards in ZA Tri Academy?
You will automatically unlock rewards as you progress through the Academy. After every two events, in any combination, you will unlock gear. If you complete all of the requirements from both cycling and running, you will receive your final Zwift Academy Tri unlock. Once each milestone is reached you’ll receive a notification of your reward.

What if I go on holiday during Zwift Academy?
All sessions must be completed by December 23, 2020, 11:59pm PST. If you have a holiday booked, you’ll need to structure your training in order to complete the sessions before the deadline. We recommend that you leave at least 48 hours between each session and aim to complete two sessions a week.

Sessions
When do I have to complete the qualifying events?
All events must be completed by December 23, 2020, 11:59pm PST. The workouts can be completed at any time during the day on your own or you can choose to join group workouts. There will be a full schedule of group rides, runs, group workouts, and races that you can choose from. We recommend that you leave at least 48 hours between each workout or race and aim to complete two events per week.

In what order should the workouts be completed?
The workouts can be completed in any order, but we recommend you follow what’s prescribed by the coaches for optimal progression. This order is what’s listed within Zwift and can be found at zwift.com/academy

Can I do both group workouts and individual workouts?
Yes. The workouts will be available at your convenience to do individually from the workout menu or by joining a scheduled Zwift Academy group workout.

If I am hoping to make the Zwift Academy Tri Team, are there a certain number of group rides or races I need to complete?
Yes. If you are hoping to be selected for the team, you will need to complete two Zwift Academy Tri races—a cycling TT race and a running 5k or 10k race.

Can I do another Zwift Academy event and count it towards my total?
No. If you are registered for Zwift Academy Tri, you will only receive credit for solo workouts, group workouts, and races associated with that particular Academy to get credit. The events will be clearly distinguishable.

Can I repeat a workout or race?
Yes, the workouts and races can be repeated until the closing date of December 23, 2020, although each workout will only count once toward your completion total - 5 cycling workouts, 5 running workouts, cycling race, and running race. Your best results from each of the completed Zwift sessions will be used in the analysis.

What happens if I’m ill, injured, or have racing commitments?
You need to take a sensible approach with the sessions if you are ill or injured. The first rule is, don’t worry if you need to take a training break! You won’t lose your fitness and conditioning by taking a few days off. The second rule is don’t try to overcompensate for the missed sessions.

When you are back to running and riding, stick to your session structure and don’t try to make up the extra time you lost while you were in recovery. If you do, you will likely over-fatigue yourself and won’t be able to hit upcoming sessions at the desired intensity.
Certain sessions will need you to take an easy 48 hours beforehand. We will advise you of these in advance so you can factor them into your existing training/racing schedule.

What if I already have a training plan/coach?
The workouts have been specifically designed for Zwift Academy Tri to inspire and motivate you as a triathlete. The 10 workouts can be incorporated into your usual training plan. Certain workouts will need you to take an easy 48 hours beforehand. We will advise you of these in advance so you can factor them into your existing training/racing.

What percentage of a workout do I need to complete to get credit? Do I have to get all the stars?

You must complete 75% of a Zwift Academy workout to receive credit towards graduation. While you should aim to get as many stars as possible, these do not factor into completion credit.

Can I skip blocks of a workout?
You can only skip up to 25% of a workout to receive credit towards completion of that workout.

What races qualify for Zwift Academy Tri credit?
There will be specific Zwift Academy Tri designated races and they’ll be clearly marked as such. As soon as the schedule is available, we’ll email it out as well as make the schedule available on zwift.com/academy

Team Eligibility
When will Zwift choose the finalists for the Zwift Academy Tri Team?
Team selection will run from the program’s completion on December 23, 2020 until we make our team announcement on or around March 1, 2021. Selected team members will be notified and asked to complete a comprehensive application for further screening.

What will I need to do to ensure my workouts qualify me for the Zwift Academy Tri team?
In order to be eligible for selection for the Zwift Academy Tri Team, Zwifters must meet specific criteria. For qualifying cycling events, athletes must use a smart trainer or power meter, and heart rate monitor. For qualifying run events, athletes must use a run cadence sensor and heart rate monitor. Athletes must also be an amateur triathlete at the time of joining Zwift Academy.

When will the final team be announced?
We plan to announce the team on or around March 1, 2021.

Are there any restrictions?
We’re inviting triathletes from all age groups (18+) to apply. All we ask is that applicants be ready and willing to take on the challenge of qualifying for and racing at the 2021 IRONMAN World Championships in Kona, Hawaii.

How many athletes will be selected for the 2020 team?
We plan to select six athletes (3 male & 3 female) for the Zwift Academy Tri Team.

What are the benefits of joining this team?
Short answer: gear, guidance, and an incredible Kona experience for members who qualify for the World Championships.

Longer answer: Zwift Academy Tri Team members will train like pros under the mentorship of tri superstars Tim Don and Sarah True. They’ll enjoy benefits that money can’t buy like a session in the Specialized Win Tunnel—an opportunity only select pros get to experience.

There are also quite a few benefits that money can buy, but add up quickly. We’re talking about a complete aero race package from Specialized (including their S-Works Shiv Disc triathlon bike), along with generous product support from ROKA, Science in Sport, WHOOP, and Wahoo. Not to mention an all-expenses-paid trip to Kona for members who qualify for the IRONMAN World Championships as well as a pro-level training camp during the season.

I already have sponsors of my own. Can I continue to represent them?
No. During your time as a Zwift Academy Tri Team member, you must only represent Zwift and the team partners.

Can I continue working with my current coach?
Yup! We’ll be monitoring all team athletes’ training as well as providing advice through team mentors, but we’re happy for athletes to continue existing coaching relationships.

I have never raced a triathlon, can I still apply?
You bet! If you feel you have a background that suggests you can excel at the sport, we’re excited to see what you can do!

Tech Questions
I am having problems with my Zwift setup, where should I go for help?
Not to worry! We have a dedicated support crew. For any issues, please create a ticket here.

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