Watts Up in Watopia: Route Hunters Rejoice

Have you ever selected a route and wondered where exactly it began or ended? Well, you aren’t alone. Zwift has added a much-needed and long-awaited feature. The August update 1.16.0 now includes a progress bar to let you know where you are in relationship to the lead in to the start of the route and to the relative distance to the end of the route. For routes that are loops, the progress bar will reset to show you where you are on each lap.

Check out what we have planned for this week on Zwift and other details about the most recent update.

Guest World Schedule

New routes mean new badges to earn. Two new routes were added to Makuri Islands in the most recent update. Add Farmland Loop (7.8km, 57m) and Valley to Mountaintop (5km, 130m) to your list. Here’s this week’s guest worlds, so you can plan to earn some of the route badges you are missing:

Monday: France & Paris
Tuesday: France & Paris
Wednesday: London & Yorkshire
Thursday: London & Yorkshire
Friday: London & Yorkshire

Slowtwich Indoors Event Preview (All Times Eastern)

Go to Zwift Events to sign up for these rides and runs.

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. This week’s workout is Sweet Spot + Some VO2.

Tuesday Structured Training, 7:00 PM
Our Tuesday ride features 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. This week’s workout is Mind Over Legs.

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 sprints, 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. Gather some friends and get them organized to chase!

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. August will feature a progression of four workouts designed by Craig Polston of EVOQ.BIKE. This week’s workout is Threshold Intervals.

Other Workouts to Watch For

Return to Running Workouts
If you are new to running or have been away from running for a while, Zwift now includes workouts designed for you to get back up to speed. You have to start somewhere, right? And there’s no time like now to get started. This is an eight-week series of workouts that you can select from your running workout list. If you start now, you will be primed when it comes time to enroll in Zwift Academy Run starting October 4th.

Zwift Academy Road Orientation
On August 30th, Zwift Academy Road is starting up for you cyclists looking to build fitness through October. You don’t have to wait until then to get started. Zwift is offering up Zwift Academy Road Orientation rides to get you ready for what’s to come in the academy. The orientation rides include Baseline and Finish Line rides, recovery rides, and workouts designed by world-class coaches Stephen and Dan from Dig Deep Coaching. Look for the purple orientation ride banners in the Zwift events to boost your aerobic, anaerobic and VO2 capabilities.