What is Zwift?Zwift is a new spin on indoor training with virtual courses and structured workouts. Billed as ‘social indoor riding’ you can meet other riders, race and join group rides. Check out the promo video at the end of the blog.
Why should I care?
Ok, I’m in. What equipment do I need?
Is that it?
Zwift technical problems
Right, I’m ready. How do I begin?
Can I get a Zwift free trial?Yes, Zwift currently offer a 14 day free trial. Bare in mind this trial only allows up to 50km of riding within those 14 days, which won’t er, go far.
I’ve signed up, what now?
My first Zwift rideThere’s two modes to choose from, either the freestyle “Just Ride” or “Workout” which is interval mode.
Just Ride mode
Virtual powerZwift uses your turbo trainer’s power curve to give you virtual power which is fascinating to a man who has only trained using heart rate. Training with power is a big deal, making training more measurable and reliable.
GraphicsSome of the scenery, particularly on the Watopia course on Zwift Island, is beautiful and will only improve. The experience can at times be immersive and I did find myself occasionally leaning into virtual corners, not a great move on the turbo! Some animation is still clumsy, especially the other riders who you literally, sorry, virtually, bump into.
A social ride
Just ride – conclusion
Zwift WorkoutsThe game changer. There’s two reasons to cycle indoors. One, is bad weather, in which case a virtual ride on Zwift will help the indoor miles pass quickly. Two, and the best reason, is structured training.
So, is Zwift worth the subscription?Maybe. I’m torn. There is little doubt Zwift is going to be huge and will appeal to most indoor cyclists. Even with limited options Zwift makes indoor riding more bearable and I defy you not to get sucked into the competitive side of the game. Zwift gamifies indoor riding the same way Strava has gamified outdoor riding. For some that may be a bad thing.
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