Zwift- Make Trainer Workouts Fun Again

Zwift is awesome! It's been a great add on to all my trainer rides.
Zwift is awesome! It’s been a great add on to all my trainer rides.

For those of you that have a power meter on your bike or have a smart trainer and haven’t heard of Zwift, you’re welcome, I just made your indoor training a whole lot more enjoyable. I signed up for Zwift almost a year ago and I do about 75% of all my trainer workouts on Zwift. It’s helped me to be much more consistent with my riding when riding inside is the only option. I’ve seen a big boost in my Functional Threshold Power (FTP) ever since.

So what is Zwift? Basically, it’s a virtual world where you get an avatar and get to ride with any of the hundreds of people always online at anytime. You can simply ride in “free mode” and compete with everyone else and try to win the king of the mountain, sprint or even the fastest lap jerseys. I use Zwift primarily for all of my hard workouts or structured workouts. There are dozens of workouts you can choose from, anything from 30 min workouts up to 100 mile rides and everything in between. There is an option to make your own workouts as well, which is usually what I end up doing, that way I can keep it specific to my training and goals.

This is what it looks like while you're riding. You can view your watts, cadence, heart rate, speed, distance, all while riding with others.
This is what it looks like while you’re riding. You can view your watts, cadence, heart rate, speed, distance, all while riding with others.

If you have a smart trainer, Zwift will actually change the resistance depending on whether or not you are going up or down a hill. If you simply have a power meter like me, you will just change the gears to change resistance, just like you’ve always done. Whether you just want to ride with friends or get in a solid workout, Zwift can be your answer this winter! It costs $10 USD for a monthly membership, but if you ride on your trainer often, it’s more than worth it. I put a video below showing what it’s all about. If you want to try it out, go to Zwift.com and see if you have the right equipment to get started. I believe you can ride 50 km on Zwift for free to try it out before you purchase a membership. If you end up on Zwift, let me know and we can ride a lap together!

 

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