- Zwift, my journey, my weight and my fitness.
I’m going to do the tour de Zwift stage 3 race today. 2 laps of the watopia built route. I hope better on the short runs I think.
I’ll either do the one at 2ish or the one at 5.45. Not slept at all last night with insomnia so might do the earlier one to keep me awake during the day.
I missed out on stage 1 so will have to catch that up in February.Posted 1 month ago
F***, f***, f***!!!!
Hilly loop x 2 in reverse..never ridden that in reverse before, which disoriented me a bit…. anyway…
Hold on to another 2 guys most of the last lap…. Over take them just as we come onto the flat by the beach. Legs going numb but holding on…. Get to the line and slow! Thank f***…!!
…But THEY don’t slow…then it dawns on me, that line in the tarmac WASNT the end of the race! It’s the *ucking great obvious balloon arch thing! Luckily I don’t get overtaken by anyone else but I am SO, SO pee’d at myself!
That’s twice I’ve done it now.😡
Anyway, ftp went up 10 to 228 so that’s a nice silver lining.
That race was so much harder than stage 2, right from the off I felt I was going to blow up.
Between you and me though…. Bloody good fun.😉Posted 4 weeks agorobbo1234bikingSubscriber
In TT’s everyone goes off together but there is no drafting so you don’t get an advantage of the other riders.
Bologna is strange as it is flat to start before a huge ramp. If you have decent power output you will fly by on the first bit and then as it goes up hill everyone you overtook comes back past you as you slow to a 2mph crawl! 🙂Posted 4 weeks agoPierreSubscriber
I won a race!
That is to say, I finished top of my category, which was D, so it’s not exactly a podium, but I’m pretty happy with it. My average W/Kg was 2.57, so I think Zwiftpower is allowing me to squeak through as it’s my first race since whenever they reset the stats, but will probably DQ me if I do it in any more Cat D races.
I did the 3R Whole Lotta Lava hilly race this morning, it was so cold in the shed that I actually did a 20-minute warmup and the first ten minutes of the race with a hoodie on, and could see my breath throughout… very odd.
My FTP hasn’t changed, unfortunately, so I think I’m about to be the bottom of Cat C unless I can gain some more watts, or lose some more kilograms!Posted 4 weeks agodoordonotMember
Tour de Zwift stage 3 race at 19.40 this evening was a bit of a work-out. According to zp, the top 18 finishers were all group B and out of the top 25, all were group B except for three A’s 🤔.
Wasn’t much fun at the lower end of C group as I was almost spat out the back within the first mile. Managed to claw back from 98ish to 89th overall, mainly through my supreme ability to climb, but overall a bit dull with no one around to race against.Posted 4 weeks agomoomanMember
Tour de Zwift stage 3 race at 19.40 for me last night.
I entered race seconds to go – literally came on screen as they had set off, and peloton was couple of seconds in front so had to sprint from the start for 30 seconds to catch up to the front group.
Made it on and tried to get breath back some but course and pace pretty hot as expected for a very short race. Gave big effort on 1st lap climb (grabbing the KOM) but on second lap climb just lost the front group towards top … came in 15th
The lack of warm up ruined me – still coughing this morning!Posted 4 weeks ago
At least you got to race, I entered the 1710 TDZ Hilly race and my avatar was waiting for me to start in the pen… While everyone inconsiderately bolted at the bell while I was still tieing my shoe laces over the next ~20secs. It was a good recovery ride, which I really needed, had DOMS after Sunday’s eforts. 😉Posted 4 weeks agoBeagleboySubscriber
I was out on the London flat circuit sporting my new ‘Team Type 1’ jersey last night. Absolutely buried myself in a tempo training hour of the FTP builder plan. I could grind along all day at 175w, but ask me to do that for 3 minutes at 100 rpm. Jeepers, I was a mess at the end of it.Posted 4 weeks ago
Those of a nervous cadence disposition, look away now. 😉
I’m much more happy at 90+, some of my TT Tune-Up sessions ask me to do 75/80/85rpm 5min ramped intervals back to back and the constant “grind” is a real battle!Posted 4 weeks agoHazeMember
A related question, how can I start a ride at the bottom of the Alp du Zwift? Watopia and then which course…?
Road to Sky is perfect, you’ll get a few minutes spinning in your legs to loosen up before the gradients start…a decent one hour interval seesion will finish just shy of the summit.Posted 4 weeks ago
@peesbee Thanks for the ride on, how can you tell another STW’r if they do not have it in their name?
I am trying to do endurance rides as well on Zwift (when the roads are icey and temperature sub zero). I have signed up for the #jennride 2020 so am keen to boost endurance as much as possible over these grim winter months!
I was determined to do a 100k ride on Sunday but joined a ride that went up one of the volcano hills so spent about 9 minutes climbing on each lap which slowed the overall distance covered. I got to 2hrs and bailed because the 100k was going to take 3 hrs. I should have joined the flatter Audax ride because that could have been completed in around 2h40 I reckon.Posted 4 weeks agobjj.andy.wMember
Got a DQ the other day on my first individual race 😩 Since my broken shoulder blade last October I haven’t dared to venture outside on the bike so Zwift has been my friend these last few months.At this time of the year I’m just doing my base phase of training so I’ve spent all my time doing the Kiss at base Z2 rides along with my own sweetspot and tempo sessions. A mate asked if I’d like to join the group he rides for (WKG) to do the team time trial races so I signed up on Zpower. Because it’s a team event and was able to draft at times I felt they weren’t to taxing (av HR for them had been around the 150-160 mark) so never really went balls deep. Then I entered my first individual race as a cat B rider (as zpower classifies me from my efforts prior to the race) it went well but because this was my first real effort on my own I went well over the upper limit of 4 w/kg for a B rider (actually ended up at an av of 4.2 w/kg for 40min) so i wasn’t officially placed and got put on the unfiltered board 😠 Managed to get a FTP increase though so at least I don’t have to do a test for a while, every cloud and all that 😁Posted 4 weeks ago
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