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  • Almost time to get Zwifty again… Turbo and pain cave content..show us yours!
  • 13thfloormonk
    Full Member

    I’m not looking to get on Zwift, but I am needing something to stave off the boredom of turbo sessions – I’m only meant to be doing 1 hour at a time, but I’m struggling with just a half hour.

    Headphones, good tubes, a good workout to follow and something like a GCN video on your laptop.

    I’ve downloaded the videos from YouTube using 4k video downloader so no streaming or buffering issues.

    I warm up with the video playing in the background but following the British Cycling warm up plan (20 minutes of increasing cadence with 3 sprints at the end) then either do the 40 minute GCN Sweetspot workout, or leave it playing in the background whilst doing my own workout (at the moment I’m doing 4×8 @ 105% FTP, which has been sort of proven to be the best balance of interval duration and intensity vs. concentration span for most people!).

    I never get bored although will definitely be counting seconds come the end of the last interval. It would never even occur to me to use Zwift unless I really really really needed to do 3hr endurance rides indoor.

    DickBarton
    Full Member

    No laptop and I also don’t have a massive phone screen…however, I’ve a varied test on Wednesday so hopefully that’ll keep me more engaged.

    13thfloormonk
    Full Member

    Well definitely pick an ‘engaging’ workout then!

    The British Cycling warm up is available as a PDF you can print out and tape to the wall.

    All the other ‘usual suspects’ like Sweetspot, over-unders etc. require you to concentrate on power/speed and where you are in the interval, so they tend to be ‘wish it would end’ intense rather than ‘wish it would end’ boring.

    joebristol
    Full Member

    An hour on a turbo is quite a boring thing tbh. I use trainer road but if you’re easily bored it wouldn’t be a good solution. It works well just on an iPhone and with a smart trainer – although I started using it on a dumb trainer just with the app on the iphone, a garmin speed sensor and a HR strap.

    On tablets – if you just want to stream something a cheap Amazon one will probably do the job. I’ve got the cheapest of cheap ones (maybe a 7) and it’s fine for Amazon prime. It struggles a bit more with stuff like red bull tv for live coverage of stuff like the hardline. An iPad is much quicker in terms of processor.

    n0b0dy0ftheg0at
    Free Member

    You can get a 30 day extended free trial of Rouvy via https://www.strava.com/challenges/rouvy-virtual-kom-qom-hunter-challenge.

    If you have a Zwift account and you didn’t do much/any in early October, look for an email offering 14 days or even 60 days free trial.

    Hoping to take a peek at Mywhoosh soon.

    dirtyrider
    Free Member

    oh wow, that sucked,

    now i expected a fall from grace, i’m about 50% down on my average mileage from the last few years, life, uni as a parent is difficult, and theres been a lot of plodding this year, last considerable effort i did was a local strava “TT” segment in July 😕, and i did 259w for 30 minutes, off the back of not a lot, (no hr data, power from a Quarq)

    i always used to think i sat around 230w off the couch, no matter how long of a break i had, jumped on today, did half hour spinning round, sat at 175w av, then did Makuri Islands Stage 1, weirdly only 7 of us in “E” however, drum roll

    197w average (Tacx Neo) at an average hr of 180bpm, my lowest average watts in over 100 zwift races, and i’ve done races as long as 97km 😩

    life, uni, kids, seperation, covid, aging, depression, it’s all had a toll i guess, sobering

    weeksy
    Full Member

    Zwift isn’t outside though. You may go better outdoors. Zwift is a special suffering that takes practice

    dirtyrider
    Free Member

    i’ve done 100+ races 😂

    ta11pau1
    Full Member

    I think you lose a bit of the ability to go that hard if you don’t ride zwift or other indoor training regularly – as above it’s so much more intensive than outdoor riding.

    I had a ramp test at the start of last week – I got Covid for just over a week at the end of September, then did a few days easy rides, then a weekend away with 3 day long big rides, then 2 weeks consisting of a few easy rides. On my ramp test I failed miserably hitting 260w from my current 279w! However, I know most of that was just because I haven’t done any proper indoor structured workouts for 5 weeks. Kept my FTP at the same and I’ll see how I go – I honestly don’t think I’ve dropped that much though, it’s just not being used to that sort of riding.

    I’m back on it now, and last night’s hard VO2 max session was strangely enjoyable 🤣

    weeksy
    Full Member

    @dirtyrider yes, but a while ago… it takes time to re-acclimatise..

    john_l
    Full Member

    I think you lose a bit of the ability to go that hard if you don’t ride zwift or other indoor training regularly – as above it’s so much more intensive than outdoor riding.

    I dunno, I think it’s pretty comparative to ‘cross racing IRL. I suppose it depends how hard you go outside as well.

    13thfloormonk
    Full Member

    On my ramp test I failed miserably hitting 260w from my current 279w!

    Ug, this doesn’t make good reading. I nailed (as in, ‘completed’) a 20 minute FTP test a few weeks ago and started some new workouts off the back of the new number. They were tough but achievable, ideal. Would be the perfect accompaniment to my approximate schedule of a CX race every 3 weeks or so. I might not actually improve on the course but at least it would compliment the training nicely.

    Then three weeks of Bronchitis 😭😭

    I think at my stage of life (peak career stress, limited time, 5 year old germ factory running about) I need to abandon any sort of structure or intensity over winter and just focus on base, every winter follows the same pattern of injuries or sickness and my training ambitions typically just fall apart. Probably skipping next weekend’s CX race and hopefully back into some sort of routine for the next one on the 11th December 🙄

    ta11pau1
    Full Member

    I dunno, I think it’s pretty comparative to ‘cross racing IRL. I suppose it depends how hard you go outside as well.

    Yeah I definitely don’t do anything like that on outside rides. Decently big rides (1000+m climbing) but not that short intense stuff like CX or the like.

    weeksy
    Full Member

    I’m hitting the 12.00 Rhino race on Crit City Bell lap today in C.

    It’s a course i enjoy but looks a proper strong if small field. Lots of fast guys out in it.

    weeksy
    Full Member

    Well at least we had a bit of fun….

    2.5 laps from the end the bloke who ended up winning, along with myself kicked on at the rollers. 3s, 4s, 5s, then 6s…. but with the line coming up with just 1 lap to go, they’d pulled us back to 4s and my legs, lungs and heart called it a day and i died…

    He hung on to the line and claimed the win… i cruised and died…

    https://zwiftpower.com/events.php?zid=3208266

    But it was more interesting that waiting for the final sprint as blokey had tried it twice before, one of them i tried to go with him but failed.. the other i just laughed as it was way early.

    crosshair
    Free Member

    Strewth! This thread was a long way down. Has everyone given up? 🤣

    I must say, credit where it’s due- I really like the new Makuri roads.

    Also, with the pace partners and the personalised pace partner of your old KOM times- there’s loads more fun ways to use it for training now.

    With the huge number of routes- even just pootling around collecting route badges is good fun!

    I just raced ‘Fine and Sandy’ and actually got away for a bit. Couldn’t hold it though so got dropped in the finale. That’s a really dynamic course- you climb the same loop 2x a lap 😮‍💨

    stumpy01
    Full Member

    I did the Makuri race on “fine and sandy” on Tuesday just gone.
    I enjoyed it and the spurt up that spiral climb was a nice addition.

    I was annoyed that I missed the 3rd race of the series last week due to a Zwift crash.

    Last week the front mech cable snapped just after a workout – severe lack of maintenance so I fixed that and also stuck new bar tape on.

    Workout tomorrow morning and hoping to get some Z2 stuff.in at the weekend although if the weather is nice will do that outside.

    stumpy01
    Full Member

    Bleurgh. I did the Pro Series Pidcock workout this morning with Robbo, slowpuncheur & oopnorth…

    I really struggled with it – the legs didn’t want to wake up!
    I managed the main set, but the wheels fell off (not literally) during the sprints at the end & I gave up.
    Was a toughie.

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