Watts Up in Watopia: Guest Worlds, ST Rides, and More

If you are trying to beat the July weather or you are a time-crunched athlete like many of us at Slowtwitch, jumping on Zwift may be a good option this week. We are hosting a number of group runs and structured rides this week that may fit into your busy schedule. Check out the details below.

Guest World Schedule

Wrapping up July, this week features almost all of the worlds on Zwift. This is a good week to claim a few more route badges beyond the always available Watopia. Here’s a list of this week’s guest worlds:

Monday: Innsbruck & Richmond
Tuesday: London & Yorkshire
Wednesday: Makuri Islands & New York
Thursday: Makuri Islands & New York
Friday: Makuri Islands & New York

Slowtwitch Indoors Event Previews (All Times Eastern)

Monday Group Run, 7:00 AM & 7:00 PM
Join us for a group run on the virtual track of May Field that will kick start your week.

Tuesday Ride of the Valkryies Workout (Women Only), 6:00 AM
This event is by and for women. It’s an almost no-drop, rubber-banded Structured Training workout, featuring a warm-up, set of intervals, and a cool-down. Led by Sonic Endurance coach and 2018 Ron Smith Award winner Kelly Burns Gallagher.

Tuesday Structured Training, 7:00 PM
Our Tuesday ride features a triathlon-focused cycling workouts written by coaches and pro athletes affiliated with Slowtwitch. The workouts last 60 minutes and will help add variety and interest to your weekly training schedule.

Wednesday Group Run, 7:00 AM & 7:00 PM
A more scenic group run on the Quatch Quest course.

Thursday Rise & Grind, 5:35 AM
This workout is a 55-minute early morning bracer for the East Coast crowd. Be sure to get a warm-up in and enter the staging area at least 5 minutes before the start. The groups will be fenced with the exception of designated KOMs and spints, as well as the last 10 minutes of the ride. This ride is double-drafted, so don’t let gaps open up, or you’ll be off the back quickly!

Thursday Hilly Vanilli Chase, 6:55 PM
This double-drafted ride uses a chase format with the D group getting a 5 minute head start on the C group, which will get a further 5 minute head start on the B group. The goal is to have all three groups complete roughly the same amount of distance by the end of the ride. The D and C groups will utilize the fence until they are caught by the group behind. Teamwork is key to the groups catching or staying away.

Friday Festina Lente, 9:00 AM
This structured training workout is designed to get you geared up for the weekend. Roughly translated as “make haste, slowly,” Festina Lente features a workout that will get your engine running but still leave some in the tank for the big rides and races you have planned for the weekend. This ride is led by members of the Kanberra Cycling Team as lead beacon.

Other Events to Watch For

Norseman Festival of Climbing 2021
If you like the climbs when running or cycling on Zwift, this series is for you. Next week continues a series of hardcore group workouts, rides, and runs that will culminate in six days of intense races in August. The rides and runs promise to break you down and build you back up, so you will be ready to unlock the Noreseman White Jersey in the Festival of Climbing races, and maybe even the coveted Norseman Black Jersey in Group A on August 7 or 8.

Crit City Races
Have you ever wanted to race a downtown criterium? Zwift has a dedicated criterium world just for you, Crit City. The course features fast corners, punchy climbs, and fast descents. Positioning is key in the last few corners for the final sprint to the line. Try the course in both directions (Downtown Dolphin or The Bell Lap). These races run multiple times each days. Get a good warmup and already be putting out your threshold power when the race starts!