As indoor training season heats up, so does the pace on most of our Zwift rides and runs. We've been seeing lots of new avatars and new records set across our event calendar. It's an exciting time to be on Slowtwitch Indoors!
For those joining us for the first time, particularly on either Rise & Grind or Hilly Vanilli, we do want to advise you of some best practices:
Choosing the Right Category
The amount of fun you will have on these rides is distinctly tied to whether or not you registered for the right pace group. We offer B, C, and D categories. The primary goal of these rides is to keep most of us in the group, with sweepers working in conjunction with leaders to bring everyone back together after particularly nasty climbs or sprints. We do use the fence as necessary to prevent flyers heading off the front and wrecking the ride -- so if you want to stay in our Slowtwitch kits and ride together, please be mindful of your group registration.
Signaling to Our Sweepers
We use the Zwift Companion app to message one another in-game. Given the size of our rides, it can be difficult for a ride leader or sweeper to notice that there's somebody falling off the back. If you're starting to see the elastic snap to the group, use the Companion app to message that you need a wheel back up to the group. That's our signal to send someone back to you (and to have the front of the ride ease up a little bit).
Now with that out of the way, let's get down to our actual events for this week:
Slowtwitch 100/100 Challenge Runs
The 100/100 Challenge enters its second full week, again with 4 support runs for you to check the box off with. We have slightly extended the length of these events in order to make sure that we hit the 30 minute minimum (in the case that you're not hitting the 3 mile minimum during the time limit).
Monday, 7 AM Eastern
Monday, 7 PM Eastern
Wednesday, 7 AM Eastern
Wednesday, 7 PM Eastern
The goal of these runs, as always, is to just be able to make it to the next one. Although if you're really feeling frisky, you can always try to take on the mile time that Anthony Famiglietti just ran on Zwift. (Some of us are discussing on our Reader Forum this 3:55 mile on a treadmill.)
Slowtwitch Indoors Rides
Ride of the Valkyries
Our women's only ride will tackle a Watopia classic this week, heading to the Volcano and alternating trips around the Circuit and up the climb in the aptly named Whole Lotta Lava. This week's workout is dubbed "Go Go Go" and features plenty of efforts to get your morning off to a strong start.
Slowtwitch Structured Training
We promise that our workout, titled "This Will Only Hurt a Little," will in fact only hurt a little. By Wednesday. Maybe Thursday. This one has a little bit of everything mixed into it, which you'll get to enjoy the scenery of London's Greater Flat loop.
Rise & Grind
Get that coffee flowing as we're going for an After Party! The Keith Hill After Party course will get your Thursday moving. We've also shuffled our Ride Leaders this week. Please note: no D leader this week.
Last but not least, our chase ride is now fenced. It's going to be a ride that will require plenty of team work: the Richmond UCI course is not kind to strung out individual groups. We should see at least two plus loops of the course completed during the event.
We'll see you on Zwift!