Zwift PowerUp Tri Podcast
Episode 19 - Dan Plews on Heat Adaptation

Episode 19 - Dan Plews on Heat Adaptation

December 9, 2019

Say hello to Dan Plews, the architect of Zwift Academy Tri’s training plan. A physiologist, sport scientist, and researcher, Dan is a top-level triathlon coach as well as the fastest ever age group athlete at Kona. He’s all about low carbs, high fats, and heart rate variability. In Episode 19, he drops into the studio to chat about heat adaptation as well as some of his favorite workouts in the program and the "why" behind them.

Episode 18 - Ronnie Schildknecht on Athlete Management and Athlete Contracts

Episode 18 - Ronnie Schildknecht on Athlete Management and Athlete Contracts

November 20, 2019

When it comes to life as a pro athlete, performance is only half the battle. To truly reach the next level, you need to know the business of sports. In this episode, we bring in an expert on the matter: 9x winner of Ironman Switzerland, Ronnie Schildknecht. He dives into and corrects misconceptions about how athletes make their living. Beyond that, we also chat about news regarding aerodynamic effects of drafting riders and motos

Episode 17 - Dede Griesbauer on Longevity in Endurance Sports

Episode 17 - Dede Griesbauer on Longevity in Endurance Sports

November 5, 2019

Have you noticed that many elite endurance athletes are getting fitter and faster as they get older? Some are peaking in their late 40s.  Multi-time Ironman champ and Kona top 10 finisher, Dede Griesbauer, sat down to chat with us about this recent phenomenon. With an athletic career that will reach its 4th decade this January, Dede has some great insights. Lots of recent race news, too, as well as Jordan's quick take on CBD and its place in triathlon in this episode.

Part 2: Kona Recap Special

Part 2: Kona Recap Special

October 14, 2019

Kona is done and dusted, so Jordan, Matt, and Tim get back together to go over what was an epic race. The race had some big surprises throughout the day, and the titles ended up with the two Germans, Jan Frodeno and Anne Haug. We sit down to see whose predictions did the best, and we also talk to two Zwift Academy athletes about their successful Kona experiences.

Part 1: Kona Preview Special

Part 1: Kona Preview Special

October 11, 2019

It's Kona week! Matt catches up with Levi Hauwert, Yvonne Timewell, and team mentor Tim Don of the Specialized Zwift Academy Triathlon team. We learn about their experience on the the team and expectations going into race day. Tim and Matt make their rapid fire picks for Saturday, followed up with Jordan's analysis of these picks.

Episode 16 - Sam Appleton on Gaming and Esports

Episode 16 - Sam Appleton on Gaming and Esports

October 2, 2019

​This week we have 70.3 specialist Sam Appleton on with us as hecomes off of an impressive 8th place at 70.3 World Championships in Nice last month. Formany users, Zwift is an outlet to be able to combine their love of gaming with their necessity forquality training. This is very true for Sam, and we take the chance to chat with him about his (and Jordan’s) love for gaming and esports. We of course get a breakdown of the World Champs race as well as some exciting news about Sam's plans for the rest of the season. In the tech corner, Jordan talks about what to him was a surprise at Eurobike—that no one has released an answer for a 12 speed drivetrain on a smart trainer?!?!

Episode 15 - Sarah True on​​ Depression in Endurance Athletes

Episode 15 - Sarah True on​​ Depression in Endurance Athletes

September 17, 2019

Episode 15 brings recent Kona qualifier and Zwift Academy Tri mentor, Sarah True, in for a chat. We take this opportunity to talk about an often overlooked yet important topic: depression in endurance athletes. We dive right in and speculate on why depression seems to be so common in athletes as well as our advice for dealing with it. Sarah also offers a quick update on the Zwift Academy Tri team with Kona just around the corner. In the tech corner, Jordan gives us the rundown on the hotly debated E-Bike racing scene.

70.3 World Championship Special Episode

70.3 World Championship Special Episode

September 10, 2019

Jordan and Matt get together to share their thoughts and observations from the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships in Nice. Both the men's and women's races had some breakthrough performances as well as some surprises on this super challenging course. Did the pre-race favorites produce? Were there any Kona implications from race day? And Jordan checks in on steering on Zwift and the new Yorkshire course.

Episode 14 - Dan Empfield on Triathlon and Where It’s Headed

Episode 14 - Dan Empfield on Triathlon and Where It’s Headed

August 30, 2019

You know who Dan Empfield is, right? Multisport entrepreneur. Inventor of the triathlon wetsuit and triathlon racing bike. When it comes to the business side of triathlon, few people know more than Dan. He swings by the studio in Episode 14 to talk about the current state of the sport as well as where it’s headed. It’s demographics have been shifting over the last few years, causing alarm bells to go off for some. Dan, on the other hand, has a more positive outlook. He thinks triathlon has a bright future, but urges us all to do our part, otherwise we could see a downturn.

Episode 13 - Pieter Heemeryck: Maximizing Indoor Training for Outside Gains

Episode 13 - Pieter Heemeryck: Maximizing Indoor Training for Outside Gains

August 12, 2019
Ironman 70.3 Champion, Pieter Heemeryck, lives in Belgium and rides a lot on Zwift — he’s a level 47! That’s 21,000 KM of Zwifting. Second only to Lionel Sanders. At least in the pro triathlon world.
 
When he won Ironman 70.3 Lanzarote, Pieter’s bike split was the fastest of the day. Same goes for his split at the 70.3 World Championships last year in South Africa. Pieter chats with us about why training indoors can translate into outdoor PRs. We also chat about recent tri news and Jordan’s first vacation in years.