Zwift, my journey, my weight and my fitness.

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  • Zwift, my journey, my weight and my fitness.
  • tomlevell
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    I was rubbish.
    4 laps of greater London in the Kalas Cup series.

    Held the big front group almost to the finish of the first full lap but hanging on generally so got tailed off when the inevitible split happened.
    Small group with an out of category B rider doing intervals dropping back past us then dragging at least 2 groups back to us. Reported to ZP and he appears to have history.
    By the last lap the 4 smaller groups behind the front group came back together for a big sprint finish. As per usual on this route I started too late and was way back.

    First finisher under 80kg was in my group! Average weight of the front group looks to be about 90kg.
    26th 4 minutes back on the winners in C.
    https://www.zwiftpower.com/events.php?zid=332530

    mooman
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    I did Innsbruck stage 2 of the Zwift series yesterday.
    The start was not the usual full on 3-4km sprint. One person went off front on his own and was pushing over 5w/kg for almost the entire race, but he was left to play on his own … obvious weight doper.
    The group stayed together till the first little climb; and that made a split of 8 of us at front.
    On the second climb of final lap we managed to drop one rider on the climb; and the chasing group were about 30 seconds behind. As we got to the bottom of the climb and about 4km from the end the rider we had dropped was about 10 seconds behind. But the group I was in frustratingly started to ease up for the sprint finish; which was allowing the gapped rider to close back onto us.
    I tried to keep pace up by going on front to keep the gap – but only occasionally would one of the other riders contribute; with 400m to go the gapped rider was 2 seconds behind so I decided to go early hoping the others would overtake me quickly so I could jump on them as they passed and stop the gapped rider getting on … they sat on me till 200m to go!! and by which time I was cooked to get on back of them.
    But did manage to stop gapped rider getting on lol

    Premier Icon oop north
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    I need to up my distances, I’m happy up to 30km right now. Any suggestions for good routes of 40-50km in Zwift world that I won’t get bored on?

    What are your favourites?

    Haze
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    Sooo… any particular recommendations for a short tester of a race on Saturday morning?

    I’m coming off of Gastro and a mild Flu (the proper Flu) yet at the same time I’m in a rest week with Training resuming on Monday. Weather’s rubbish so I thought I might test/warm up my legs before I get back to it.

    Take a look at BestBikeSplit, I haven’t tried this is anger yet…but…you can upload a previous race file (TCX) and download it as ZWO to ride as a custom workout in Zwift (using ERG)

    Anyone else looking at the Kirchmair sprint double races at 1805 and 1835?

    3 laps of La Guardia in both directions, ~11Km reverse first and then 10Km forward.

    No idea how my legs will cope, did the 1645 Bell Lap race, but ~12 miles of pain won’t take long… Right? 😆

    tomlevell
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    #oopnorth I’d pick routes from the list on the worlds. I prefer Watopia and if you go up any of the mountains it tends to be reasonably quiet. Try tickong off route badges to keep your interest.

    Revisited Crit City this afternoon. Reasonable warmup and another brutal start. This time it didn’t let up at halfway so I barely saw the front of the group. Got dropped multiple times but not enough to get rid of me and a few others. Finally lost the group with 5 corners to go and sat up as there was no way I was coming back. Finished 10th which meant there were 7 sandbaggers pulling the group hard. Beaten by 2 90kg powerhouses and the rest got DQed including the 40kg rider pulling over 5 w/kg!
    Winners were 40 seconds faster than last weeks race.
    https://www.zwiftpower.com/events.php?zid=335191

    Premier Icon robbo1234biking
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    I’m going to do the 16.30 crit city race. Anyone else in? I’m in D

    Premier Icon weeksy
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    My legs are tired today sorry after a long racing week. I still keep threatening to start easing off the racing, but as you may have gathered, that’s not going well lol.

    Premier Icon eskay
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    @oop north – look for some of the long group rides and just drop out when you are done, much better than riding alone.

    I have been doing the 100k Audax rides that start at 9.15 on Sunday mornings (whilst the weather has been poor).

    Alex
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    @oop north – look for some of the long group rides and just drop out when you are done, much better than riding alone

    I’ve done that. There’s an Austrian group (DIRT) who do a 100km on a Sunday. I’ll join and ride until bored. Never got to the end yet, but better than riding on your own.

    Having said that I’m revisiting all the standard routes on my new Direto. It’s SO much nicer than the Flux it replaced (and has yet to stop working which again places it apart from TACX offerings).

    Muir and the Mountain this morning. Beat my best time up the KOM by nearly a minute but had nothing left for the radio tower! Plus the Direto works up to 15% gradient, the Flux was only 10%…

    Anyone know how to ‘calibrate’ my Garmin Fenix with the Elite cadence sensor? Leaving it on auto has you riding at 130kmh 🙂

    @Alex Have you tried using 173 or 17.3 under the circumference setting on the Garmin?

    The wheels have well and truly fallen off my TT Tune-Up plan on this 6th week, I didn’t touch the turbo on either Tues or Sat (two rest days in a week is very unusual for me) and I was very late in jumping on the turbo on Fri to squeeze in three small races between ~1640 and ~1900.

    Think it’s been a combo of several bad night’s sleep and putting me way outside my comfort zone asking me to do repeated intervals in the ballpark of 2mins @441W, when my best 2mins before this week was ~410W as a one-off effort in Oct 2018… I am definitely not your man for sprint power! 😆

    Trying to decide if I want to do https://whatsonzwift.com/workouts/tt-tuneup/week-6-power-intervals-2/ (which will kill me), https://whatsonzwift.com/workouts/tt-tuneup/week-5-endurance-3/ or look at the race events or even freeride before dinner today.

    Premier Icon jam bo
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    Quite like that Crit circuit. Although a lap counter would be nice…

    Alex
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    @n0b0dy0ftheg0at – thanks I’ll give that a try.

    neils
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    Just completed the last ride on Tour d’zwift – not sure if I will bother with the kit I earned – ended up doing 4 stages in last 4 days. Did the Bologna TT yesterday – 2 times up that assent is brutal. The Harrogate stage today was more to my liking – no massive steep hills – and a bit shorter

    Premier Icon robbo1234biking
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    Did the crit city 4.30 race. Went pretty well really. Couldn’t keep with the very front group but was in a good group of 20 in the second group on the road. Surprisingly I was one of the strongest on the short uphill section as I kept popping to the front of the group. Kept with the group until the last lap when I got caught out and about ten went away on the short downhill gravel section.

    I did a 15 min warm up before hand and went to hard. Ended up with a IF of 1 and 2 x 1000w sprints in the warm up but I was playing around with gears and seeing what to use in the race. Without that I might have done better.

    ZP has me as 3rd only 3 seconds behind the Winner

    https://www.zwiftpower.com/events.php?zid=336376

    Premier Icon weeksy
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    Top job. Any podiums are hard fought.

    Premier Icon jam bo
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    I did the C race. Slower than you did the D…

    Realised how much easier it is to keep track of who’s who when everyone isn’t wearing identical kit ala TDZ races.

    Premier Icon robbo1234biking
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    jam bo the short crit circuit equalises the races a bit I think. On a longer hillier rout you would easily be ahead. I know what you mean about a lap counter although that might be a bit dispiriting if you look and still have 5 laps left!

    Premier Icon jam bo
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    I was trying to do the sums in my head while trying not to get dropped. Worked my way up with another couple of people from ~50th at the end of the first lap to 37th by the end. Went to late on the sprint and missed out on a few more places.

    bjj.andy.w
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    Always like doing long rides outside so thought I’d do the Slovenian Zwift League race this morning that was raced on the four horsemen route. A 55 mile race taking in the climbs of : original hilly KOM, volcano KOM, epic KOM then the Alpe du Zwift. I’ve ridden the course solo a month ago in a decent time (just over 3hrs) so was intrigued on how faster it’d be in a race situation.
    It went really well, stayed with the front group most of the way with a bit of a breakaway going up the Epic KOM but thankfully managed to bring it back. I fully expected it to all kick off at the bottom of the Alpe so made a point of riding it just over SS and not get carried away. To my surprise I was in the top 3 at the top so pulled my tripe out to get a gap before the decent. It worked a treat and because of my heft (all 82kg of it) by the time I got to the bottom I had a healthy 1 minute gap. The rest of the course is my forte, rolling terrain with no big hills so just rode it TT stylee. With about 3 miles to go the chasing pack gave up so I knew I had it in the bag, finishing over 2mins in front of the guy who came second 😁
    https://www.zwiftpower.com/events.php?zid=336318

    Premier Icon weeksy
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    Now that’s a race !!!!

    Premier Icon oop north
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    @oop north – look for some of the long group rides and just drop out when you are done, much better than riding alone.

    Good idea that, to be honest it never crossed my mind as I always like to finish what I started 🙂
    As most of my riding is early morning before work I have limited time and try to work around 60 minutes to maximum 80 minutes ride times. I have been looking at some of the Watopia routes like Out and Back but I may have to do them on a weekend as I’m not sure if I can do 40km in that time, especially with any big hills involved.
    Races and group rides definitely keep me more engaged and push me more, so thanks for your suggestion @eskay

    bjj.andy.w
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    weeksy

    Now that’s a race !!!

    It’s a good one that’s for sure ! Well, that’s if you’re into the long races, a lot people prefer the short crits. Not everyone can spare (or can bear) 3hrs on the turbo.

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