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2020 Zwift Academy Tri FAQ's

2020 Zwift Academy Tri FAQs


When does the Zwift Academy Tri program start and finish?

Zwift Academy Tri program begins on November 11, 2019 and ends on January 12, 2020. Graduates being considered for the Zwift Academy Tri Team will advance to a final selection process that runs from January 13 to February 9, 2020. We will announce the 2020 Tri Team soon thereafter the week of February 10th, 2020.


What do I need to do to graduate Zwift Academy Tri?

To graduate the Academy, you must complete the program’s six structured cycling workouts and one cycling race, which is a time trial. You must also complete the four structured run workouts, and one of the running races: there are 5k, 8k, and 10k options. And you must do this between November 11, 2019 and January 12, 2020. You can find the workouts in a folder labeled “Zwift Academy Tri 2020” on your workout menu screen. Cycling and running races must be specifically designated “Zwift Academy Tri” to count towards graduation. 


Should I take an FTP and/or Run Pacing test before starting the Academy?

For best results, yes. But it’s not mandatory. We recommend that you start the Academy with up-to-date FTP (Functional Threshold Power) and Run Pacing numbers to ensure the best results from your structured training. 

To find your FTP, we recommend that you try the Zwift Ramp Test for cycling and the 5K Pacing Test for running. The FTP test involves a warm-up followed by approximately 4-8 minutes of effort. Once completed, we’ll automatically update your FTP in Zwift. 

For running, the 5K Test involves a 5-10 minutes warm-up followed by approximately 5km (3.1 miles) of effort. Once you’re done, we’ll set your 5K pace in Zwift. 

Pro tip: make sure you are well-rested before completing these tests for best results. To help with your FTP and Run Pacing tests, there will be preprogrammed events to ensure you are ready for the start of the Academy that will run from October 28, 2019 to November 10, 2019. 


What is the last day to sign up?

Registration for the Academy closes on December 13, 2019 at 11:59 pm PT.


How do I unlock rewards in the Academy?

You will automatically unlock rewards for both cycling and running as you progress through the Academy. At the completion milestones of 25%, 50%, 75%, and 100%, you’ll receive notification of your reward. 


What if I go on holiday during Zwift Academy?

All sessions must be completed by January 12, 2019, 11:59 pm PT. If you have a holiday booked, then you will 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. Also, have a great holiday! And take pictures to make everyone jealous.


Team Eligibility 


When will Zwift choose the finalists for the 2020 team?

Finalist selection will run from January 13th to February 9, 2020. Selected candidates will be notified and asked to complete a comprehensive application for further screening. 


When will the final team be announced?

We plan to announce the team during the week of February 10th, 2020.


Are there any restrictions?

We’re inviting triathletes from all age groups (18+) to apply. All we ask is that applicants should be ready and willing to take on the challenge of qualifying for and racing at the 2020 IRONMAN World Championships in Kona, Hawaii. 


How many athletes will be selected for the 2020 team?

We plan to bring in six athletes onto the team for 2020.


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 that only select pros get to experience.

There are also quite a few benefits that money can buy but add up quickly. We’re talking 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, 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 Tri Team member, you must only represent Zwift and our brand 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 have.

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 .


How to get started on Zwift Cycling?

Getting started on Zwift Cycling couldn’t be easier. Zwift pairs your bike with indoor training gear to create a smooth and realistic ride. Trying to get started? Look no further:


How to get started on Zwift Running?

Whether at home or at the gym, getting up and running is simple. All you need is a treadmill, Zwift RunPod or other compatible footpods, and a device to run Zwift. And if you have access to a supported Bluetooth treadmill, you don’t even need a footpod. If you’re hoping to get up and running soon, watch here:


What is the Zwift RunPod?

The Zwift RunPod is your key to unlocking Zwift Run and making serious indoor training fun. The RunPod tracks both speed and cadence, relaying your stats to Zwift. This allows you to run on any treadmill, any time. For more info on getting started, click here .




When do I have to complete the qualifying events?

All events must be completed by January 12th, 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 workouts and races for both cycling and running 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/week. 


In what order should the workouts be completed?

The workouts can be completed in any order but we recommend you follow the order as prescribed by the coaches for optimal progression. This is the order that the workouts are listed within Zwift. 


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 Tri group workout. 


Can I repeat a workout or race?

Yes, the workouts or races can be repeated until the closing date of January 12th, 2020. 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 important rule is don’t worry if you need to take a training break! You will not lose your fitness and conditioning by having a few days off the bike or run. The second rule is don’t try to overcompensate and make up for the missed sessions. When you are back, stick to your session structure and don’t try to make up the extra time you were off. By doing so, you will likely over-fatigue yourself, and you won’t be able to hit the 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. 


What if I already have a training plan/coach?

The workouts have been specifically designed for the 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 Tri 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. They will be clearly marked as such. As soon as the schedule is available, we’ll email it out.