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Zwift racing vs base building: which is the best way to build fitness through fall and winter?

Zwift racing vs base building: which is the best way to build fitness through fall and winter?

The virtual world of Zwift offered a much-needed outlet to cyclists stuck in their homes during the winter lockdowns of recent years. It has filled…

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The virtual world of Zwift offered a much-needed outlet to cyclists stuck in their homes during the winter lockdowns of recent years. It has filled the gap, providing opportunities to ride, train and race with others around the world.

Provided you have a turbo-trainer, all you need to do is sign up to the service, log in and select your event. The action on Zwift never ceases and can be easily fitted into your schedule. Hardly surprising, then, that this form of cycling has provided the impetus to stay fit. But, given the high intensity of most Zwift races , are we inadvertently pushing too hard when we should be backing off and building a base?

Unlike real-life racing, Zwift competition happens throughout the day and year, with no pre-defined seasons or built-in precautions to stop you burning out. How much Zwifting can you get away with without taking liberties with your fitness and overdoing it? In short, is it really OK to race all year round? We asked a selection of training experts – including Zwift specialist pro racer Ashleigh Moolman Pasio – for their guidance. Plan ahead

As with all the best practices, planning ahead rather than deciding what to do on the spur of the moment ensures you get the best possible outcomes. If you don’t decide what you’re going to do until you turn on Zwift, you’re more likely to choose an unsuitable event. You’re better off saving your racing legs for when they can do […]

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