Just thought i'd write a little piece for anyone considering Zwift as their winter training option.
I borrowed a turbo, speed sensor etc 6 weeks ago from a couple of mates and joined Zwift. I wasn't exactly sold on it before hand, but i wanted and felt i needed to get in more riding time, so what did i have to lose.
I started the journey and weighed in at 16st 7lb on the 1st Oct. In October i logged in 600km of riding, about 150 of that was outdoors, but the remainder was logged in a virtual environment.
I also got involved in Zwift racing, which being a bloke, pushes you harder, faster, further than you'd ever think. Along with Stravaing myself against mates times who i felt were somewhere in my fitness levels, this again gave me a push at times when needed.
But it wasn't just the mates, it was the Zwift world, the actual figures on screen, the current Watts, the W/Kg and the HR data, it showed me where i can push, where i need to back off and quite importantly, where my strengths and weaknesses lie in cycling.
It's also FUN.. fun staying ahead of random rider XYZ, or trying to catch rider ABC.... you don't know them, thy don't exist, but who cares, they're competition and fun.
I now sit here exactly 1 stone lighter than i started 6 weeks ago, along with faster, stronger, i've done a Gorrick race and finished higher than i ever thought i could or would..
Just wanted to say, don't rule it out, it may be virtual, but damn it's effective.