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Old 11-30-15, 09:30 PM
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I'm in! How about we PM or FB each other to share our Zwift ID's so we can set up some rides/races/training rides?
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I go by my first initial and last name followed by the ride or race identification. Anyone that wants the first part can PM me. I have been doing the Tuesday Night Worlds ZTR C/D races. If I get home early enough I do the 6pm EST race. If not I do the 9:30pm EST west coast race. Check my Zwift thread in the 33 for some good info.

I'd be up for a group ride anytime after 5pmEST. I prefer an easy rollout as I normally don't warm up first.
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I'm shooting for the 6pm ZTR-C race tonight.
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Can't make that.

I would love to try to ride with all y'all, but working around multiple constraints, so it's going to be tricky to schedule.

I'm my real name on Zwift, some of you have it already.
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I'm also my real name on Zwift, and many of you know that, as well.

Shovel, 6PM eastern? 2PM here. I may be out on the road at that time, but if not, I'll give Zwift a try and look for you.
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Sara...bad math...6PM eastern 3PM pacific.
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Originally Posted by Hermes
Sara...bad math...6PM eastern 3PM pacific.
And 7:30 Newfie
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Sara...bad math...6PM eastern 3PM pacific.
Never a strong suit! I was thinking zulu time. Thanks!
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I just gave it try. I did a 20 minute ride after an hour and a half ride outside. I was a little cooked, but Zwift was still way cool! I rode in Richmond, and the graphics were great. It's a hell of a lot harder, even with a dumb trainer, to try to hold a "virtual" wheel than I thought. There is no recovery, I couldn't soft pedal in the draft. I suppose with a smart trainer you can, yes? And, how do you find people and how do you message (anyone)?
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Originally Posted by sarals
I just gave it try. I did a 20 minute ride after an hour and a half ride outside. I was a little cooked, but Zwift was still way cool! I rode in Richmond, and the graphics were great. It's a hell of a lot harder, even with a dumb trainer, to try to hold a "virtual" wheel than I thought. There is no recovery, I couldn't soft pedal in the draft. I suppose with a smart trainer you can, yes? And, how do you find people and how do you message (anyone)?
You can soft pedal but you may have to jump if you miss the draft. You will see repeating messages of "Close the Gap" and "OK". That's the draft. To group message hit the "M" key. All riders on the course are listed in the panel on the right but when there are hundreds you will only see a subset. Before you start your ride, you can choose to start next to someone in the list, and all are represented. Pick who you want to follow and start the ride.

Zwift ZTR-C East Coast race, DNF. I had a trainer (Tacx Bushido TDF) problem before I started. I tried re-pairing but that didn't work. Only red lights, only base resistance. By the time I had re-paired the race had started. I chased in the 53-11 and caught the group, but I could not make enough watts the first time up the hill to stick. I rode with a couple others at 3.0-3.5 and finished up after a bit. I found the problem with the trainer, one of the end caps had become dislodged. I popped it back on and it's working fine now. My new 27" monitor showed up today, so I set that up, verified everything, and took a quick recovery spin. All is well.

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If there's a race happening, can you join someone in the race and be in it, or do you have to make the start?
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Sure. There are no officials. Scoring is automated. It would be very easy to pull a Rosie Ruiz.

The only way everyone, including the software, knows that you are in the event is if you tag your name with the race/ride. Working with non-racers is discouraged.
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I don't know who Rosie Ruiz is. But oops yeah I guess that would be cheating, never mind. It just sucks to miss the start because of technical difficulties.
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Yeah. Another thing that sucked is that the group hit the gas at the start of the neutral rollout and swamped the ride leader. No control. It would be like passing the pace car. This made my chase a lot harder. I think I was up to 112 rpm in the 53-11.
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Originally Posted by shovelhd

Zwift ZTR-C East Coast race, DNF. I had a trainer (Tacx Bushido TDF) problem before I started. I tried re-pairing but that didn't work. Only red lights, only base resistance. By the time I had re-paired the race had started. I chased in the 53-11 and caught the group, but I could not make enough watts the first time up the hill to stick. I rode with a couple others at 3.0-3.5 and finished up after a bit. I found the problem with the trainer, one of the end caps had become dislodged. I popped it back on and it's working fine now. My new 27" monitor showed up today, so I set that up, verified everything, and took a quick recovery spin. All is well.
I saw you out there before you had the trouble I think. Gave you a 'ride on'. I was eventually caught and swamped by the C group and rode with them until I got booted off course and into the James river. Have no idea how that happened and eventually I got turned around and found the course again.
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If you helped me rejoin the field, thank you. I may ride a bit later tonight and race the ZTR race tomorrow.
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Been on Zwift quite a bit since the time change. Quarq and Fluid2. They have been working on the draft but if you are a pro at the soft pedal it takes some getting used to. I'm finding that slowing cadence a little is the easiest way to sit in, at least with non-smart equipment.

For me it's been a great change up. I tend to turn everything into over/under so getting forced into steady efforts works on a weakness. Haven't tried any races yet, the ride with MTN Qhubeca was pretty cool over the weekend.
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Sunday might be a Zwift day for me. Anyone else? Morning mountain time would be best.
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I may try the social ride (WSR no racing, 1.5-2 w/kg) Sat 8 AM EST. Last time I did it I think I got shelled within half a lap.
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Try the under two rides. If you get shelled you'll still have company.
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Sunday might be a Zwift day for me. Anyone else? Morning mountain time would be best.
That would work, we're having snow and my ski pass is only good on weekdays.
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Is it worth getting a Tracx smart trainer for a hefty discount to do Zwift? Or is a regular trainer with a bike with a power meter sufficient?
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The Tacx Vortex is really nice. For €300 it's over the top nice. I HATE trainers as a rule but this makes me almost look forward to getting on it.
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Assuming you already have a regular trainer, may as well try that first and see if you like the whole virtual racing thing. Even without a smart trainer, the experience is remarkably like real racing, but the smart trainer makes it even better. I got a Kickr Snap on Black Friday locally but was about to pull the trigger on that euro Tacx deal.... Ex, did you need to get a power converter and additional software for that, or is the trainer ok on it's own?
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I have a Bushido TDF, which is a European model, but it is powered by the bike.
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