Plan around Zwift Academy


Hi Theia, It’s the annual question of how your plan will work around Zwift academy? I have missed the last couple of years but was wanting to maybe give it a go this time around.


There is a lot of peer pressure to participate in the ZA. Many of my teammates are all in. I am starting to think the ZA is #FOMO (fear of missing out). 360Velo workouts have taken me way farther than last year’s ZA. I may hop into group rides or races but I will likely give the ZA a pass.


Hi @adm0629! Great question!

I will help anyone who wants to participate in ZA to incorporate the workouts and rides into their training plans, but keep the following in mind.

As a background, to “graduate” from Zwift Academy (ZA) this year, participants must complete:

  • 8 ZA workouts in the course of 8 weeks; and
  • 4 events also in the course of 8 those weeks (these can be any combination of social rides and races or all social rides or all races).

As you can see, 8 workouts in 8 weeks is an average of 1 workout/week, and therefore not a “training plan” and certainly not sufficient training for that period.

In addition, ZA is a talent ID program, so even though it is advertised as a training opportunity, it is not a true training plan. In the previous years’ ZA programs, the workouts were designed as “tests” to extract the data that the organizers needed to identify and analyze what they are looking for, so they could weed out the masses and narrow down those who more closely match their criteria for a pro contract.

For these reasons, I will not be designing a training plan around Zwift Academy, but rather, I will guide members who want to participate and graduate from Zwift Academy on when and how to incorporate the ZA workouts into their 360 Velo training plan (i.e., which workouts to replace with ZA workouts and in which order, etc.)

As @franklim pointed out, there is also the option of joining the social rides and/or races without doing the workouts, or even doing some workouts, as these are available to all. It’s another way to engage in the whole ZA “buzz”.

Please let me know if you have any questions.


I had the opportunity to hear from Coach_Theia about this topic during during my onboarding call. The reality is I have 0 chance of a pro cycling contract at my age (57) and my cycling ability. I do have a shot to race in the ZA series and perhaps do better than I did last time.


I was going to add that I’m not even sure how realistic the challenge is because we will be gone out of town for two weeks at the end of August. In addition, I am racing, just Sprint triathlons, at the end of August and mid-September (the same reason I have skipped it in previous years). I have a terrible time trying to join the rides/races that aren’t during the only window I have for workouts. Thanks for all of the points made!