- Zwift, my journey, my weight and my fitness.
Jumped on yesterday and rode for 45s… Yes really… 45s ! Decided my legs were simply not up to it, so jumped straight back off and got changed again.
Today i’m finishing early and my lad is away, so my plan is to jump on the Zwift bikes about 1.30 or 2 and do a decent 2 hours maybe 2.5. I want a lot of climbing in there, maybe a 10 min rest break too to simulate some of the SDW riding. Arguably i should be going more than 2.5 hours i guess, but i’m not looking for a full ride day simulation as such.Posted 7 months ago
I had an off last weekend so the turbo has been set up again and the Zwift membership renewed unitl I’m fit to ride outside again.
Got the week off work this week and not much doing so I’ve decided to sign up for this:
80km event tomrrow afternoon, it’ll make a change from the ususal 1 hour Zwift sessions I do. I’m expecting it to be incredibly dull but you never know, I may be surprised!Posted 7 months ago
Great riding with you mate. Made it much less horrific.
Was funny when we reached half way and I was way way under yesterdays time in same route.
But plugged on and used my power to sweep up 3-4 groups into a big group. We then flew along till volcano kom 2nd time round. My legs had peaked by then and all the people I’d brought back all dumped me on the climb. Lol.
It was then a trio to the last climb, where they dumped me and I solo ttd to the line.
Long turbo, too much effort, speed and power. But enjoyed it.
I may die nowPosted 7 months ago
Cheers Weeksy, that was pretty enjoyable in a sadistic kind of way.
You knocked a hell of a lump off yesterdays time, flying on the first lap. You were steaming along when we dragged back that first group, made up 30s on them in next to no time. If I hadn’t got distracted by my phone and lost the group then I reckon we could’ve reeled in the next group up the road as well, maybe next time!
The second time up the volcano climb was tough, my legs were really feeling it but I got stuck in a bit of a battle with two other riders so ended up overdoing it there so had to ease off after that. Managed to get some life back in the legs and ended up getting pipped in the sprint by 0.02s.
I figured once I’d finished that I’d round it up to an even 100km which probably wasn’t the best idea and I’m absolutely shot now. Time for a recovery beer or two now.Posted 7 months ago
cheers for the ride-on Weeksy,
not my best race, 2 lap park perimeter, bit lumpy for us heavier folk, 13th in B 3.2w/kg, front group for a while, got dropped, cruised for a bit waiting to be hoovered up by a group behind, got dragged along for a bit, dropped again, did the last couple of km with 1 other, didn’t have the heart to contest the uphill finish so rolled home, still feeling iffy without actually having any symptoms,Posted 7 months ago
Frustrating effort for me last night. 10 laps of LaGuardia. Slightly different format in that the top ten got points based on position across the line each lap. Sounded interesting and a bit more suited to my tired legs, or so I thought. The first speed up started half way around lap 1, uh oh. I managed to hang on for that one, placed better for lap two and still there at lap three. All fell apart on lap four though and I dropped off the back. I finished the rest of the laps but at a sedate pace. Clearly one day recovery was not enough after IRL rides and 5 mile run over the weekend.Posted 7 months agorobbo1234bikingSubscriber
The last week I haven’t been feeling much benefit from the Zwifting. Still on the Gran Fondo training plan in prep for the Jennride. Last night I didn’t have much time so did Jons Short Mix Instead. I have done this before but never been able to hit the 800W sprints. Last night I managed all 3 no problem as well as the 1 minute 400W efforts. So finally starting to see some payback for my efforts! Couple of weeks to go and I have run out of Gran Fondo workouts so I am switching to some ASBA Cape Epic workouts instead.Posted 7 months ago
weird one tonight, Team Celebration, just B’s together, but it went off so quick, thought id be able to hold until Box but got spat out the back, ill blame the kids as they were arguing about Minecraft – just felt hard work, which of course it should, but hard in the laboured way, not in a good way, however, my time up Box was the 2nd quickest I’ve done, as was my London Loop, ill take something from thatPosted 7 months agoblader1611Member
Dirtyrider – by all accounts that team celebration race was very rapid. I did the morning race and finished 3rd but it was well over a minute slower than your race.Posted 7 months ago
Pjm84 – i did a negative split up box hill this morning, first lap was 7:15 and then second lap was 6:55. Could have gone quicker but it was a tactical team race so held back. Thats a very good time you posted baring in mind i am 25kg lighter.
Had a quick spin around NYC on Zwift this afternoon,
It pinged up on the screen to congratulate me on getting to Level 11, “great” I thought, “I can have a go at the Alp du Zwift route now”
Turns out that’s at Level 12 so still a fair few rides away from getting there.
Bugger.Posted 7 months agothisisnotaspoonSubscriber
Question for anyone who uses zwift for some sort of training, what’s it like for structured stuff?
I used it in the beginning back when it was free/Beta and got bored and/or found it a faff having to be logged on at a certain time. But really enjoyed doing sufferfest videos on TrainerRoad (obviously those are now separate).
I’m thinking of giving Zwift another shot as maybe the riding/racing would fit around real life rides better, i.e. an hours race on Zwift might be something like equal to a couple of hours evening ride if it’s pissing it down?
Or should I just go back to the sufferfest and do more specific training sessions, but be prepared to skip them if it’s sunny outside, I’m not going to do 40 minutes of VO2 max intervals indoors if its 25C and sunny outside and there’s a clubrun with coffee and cake as the alternative!
Also, if I ride to work that saves about 75% of the monthly subscription of any of them in petrol in just one day, so I’m not going to do sessions if it means skipping those real world rides!Posted 7 months ago
I want a lot of climbing in there, maybe a 10 min rest break too to simulate some of the SDW riding.
Just read this. You planning an sdw “adventure” mate?
I’ll be riding/attempting it again this year. Over 3 days I should add! Failed last 2 years due to crashes and being physically destroyed by the effort and heat.Lol
Trying to get fitter for the ride as it destroys me, even over 3 days. Also getting my shoulder sorted with daily physio after tearing the rotator cuff in a dumb/slow crash…
Both the above has compelled me to get back into Zwift in a structured way.
Doing the Fondo one at the moment but couldn’t complete today’s one. Just crushed me. It’s the one designed to help you keep up with break away packs etc. Can’t remember name.LolPosted 7 months ago
Ah yes! I first rode (successfully! Lol) the SDW back in 2010. Very quite on the sdw until the last day when I ride the last 30 odd miles which coincided with a BHF ride as it happened.
The extra motivation of suddenly riding with a load of people on the last, long climbs near Eastbourne was immensely helpful.👍
Great memories of that ride. Hell even the last 2 aborted attempts have left me with amazing memories and pictures.
This year I will complete it! Lol
I’m wondering if Fondo is the best bet for me, starting from a low level of fitness?
Good luck with the BHF ride weeksy, I’m guessing you are doing the full 100??👍Posted 7 months ago
@poopscoop I am just finishing the fondo one. Are you sure your ftp is set right? It might be with looking at phase 1 of the etape du tour? Supposed to be a pretty good programme and starts from a lower base
In truth my ftp might be wrong as I left it as it was from about a year back! Lol
I think I need to do an ftp test tomorrow…
Cheers, I’ll check out etape did your.
Weeksy, sounds like your mates are in for a surprise. Have they rode it before, the ones that might struggle I mean?Posted 7 months ago
Have they rode it before, the ones that might struggle I mean
Nope. We did a Ridgeway 90km a few weeks back. Which is a great distance but was only 1000m of climbing, not 3500m. We’re going to qecp on the 29th and riding to Amberley and back, so they’ll get more idea then. Hopefully.
Regarding Zwift, I’ve not raced for ages now, well, several weeks. But I’ve been up the Alp twice, epic kom 3 times and an 80km ride on zwift.
Today was 40km recovery ride at about 120w maybe less.
Climbs tomorrow I think.Posted 7 months ago
Question for anyone who uses zwift for some sort of training, what’s it like for structured stuff?
There’s oodles of training programs and sessions on it now which you can do anytime. I don’t use them as I use TR for that.Posted 7 months ago
You can pick a race almost anytime or chase strava times up climbs if the interval length is what you’re after.
It’s had a lot added since I started at the end of 2017.
What sort of time do you do up Box dirtyrider?
just had a look, there’s a billion segments so on this one
Zwift insider, never done a full on effort up it, so 9:00 flat at about 270w in the race,
weather is still naff here, and my direct debit for my subscription went out today so best use it – 12:20 Innsbruck today, 4 lapper today, usual dropped up the hill 1st lap, bit solo, gobbled up by a bunch, dropped them on the hill 2nd lap, eased off to let them back on, then it sort of slowed, 230wish for a bit on the flat through the start banner, couple got shelled on the 3rd lap hill, stayed with the group until the 4th lap hill, and i got shelled, ended up 20 seconds behind a small group,
7/12 on ZP, 3.2w/kgPosted 7 months ago
i got a cup! 3rd in B reduced field (12 in B), but you have to race who is there 18:20 Volcano Flat 2 Lapper – stuck with the A group until the 2nd lap, cannot remember the point the elastic snapped, think it was in the rise before the descent to the italian villas, did for a couple of others as well, managed to bridge that gap, ended with a 4 way sprint, of which i got 3rd, they all got the jump on me but was bringing them back gradually but run out of road,
decent result all roundPosted 7 months ago
Well done @dirtyrider. Cups after a dry spell feel so much sweeter :D. That kicker is deceptive. Been dropped there so many times when not paying attention properly, if just a small gap opens its pain city to get back in touch.
Couple of laps of the Jungle last night for me. The race was defined by the climb to the bridge before turning off to the Jungle/Alpe. This hurt a lot. Six of us got clear and the following groups were too fragmented to take advantage of DD. Lap one was easy as a 3R A+ protected their B rider in the lead group. Lap two had a failed attack at the start and bit of a kick over the rope bridge but was easy pace after that. I dropped to the back of the six at 1.5k then tried to get the jump at 900m. It started to work but then I blew up and had to throttle back to finish 5th. Good fun race though.Posted 7 months ago
I’m still confused by today’s race.
Short race, small field.
Set off at 1 min intervals.
On the kick to volcano finish line on lap 2 I was dumped out, along with another rider. Me and him worked well enough and sucked up all the C’s apart from 1.
But we were not overtaken by the A riders, we never saw a single A rider.
Decent enough power, but the legs are feeling it lately. Got a weekend away on the KTM to let them recover and then a last long outdoor ride before tapering for SDW.Posted 7 months agoniksnrMember
So…….have kept my head down since first foray into Zwift. Am in week 8 of 12 on the Build Me Up training plan. Have just done another FTP test (rest day) as I was feeling the sessions were getting a bit easier. Gone from FTP of 217 to 255. 17.5% increase. Well chuffed. Know it’s not gonna be beating records but good to know focused training actually works! Down from 89kg to 83.5kg too which is a bonus!Posted 7 months ago
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