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Old 11-12-15, 04:32 PM
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Trainer Ride - First 30 Minute Session

Over a month ago I got my trainer out and loaded up Zwift, an virtual app. I did Zwift (and then BKool) as the suggestions of some here. I did a few sub 2 mile outings to get my new Speed/Cadence sensor set and such. I also go my laptop and another monitor and had Zwift running while some Netflix was playing. Anything to distract myself.

Today I got on the trainer and did one of their 30 minute sessions. I tried to do what they said to do in terms of their estimated power guides and it was painful! It was a route and they tried to simulate warmups, uphill, downhill, flats, cooldown, etc.

While that was going on I worked on my spin. Cadence right at 90, using the full stroke and all that.

Ouch.

Those that use trainers know that coasting results in a few fast slowdown. Twice I stopped spinning just to .... well rest but for the most part I shifted to keep things going.

Though it won't replace outdoors I think it will be good.
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Old 11-12-15, 05:40 PM
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Trainers are perfect for structured interval session where one does not have to contend with cars, traffic lights, pedestrians, dogs, etc.
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Old 11-12-15, 07:35 PM
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I'm not sure how zwifts workouts estimate power, but I'm assuming its from the data that you have to enter. Make sure you have your FTP imputed correctly.
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The watt levels in Zwift are different for everyone and based around your FTP. Zwift estimates your FTP based on your previous efforts until you do one of their FTP tests. From my own experience, it estimated mine about 30 watts lower than what I did during my FTP test. However, if your efforts were short and hard, it might have estimated your FTP on the high side. I'd highly suggest taking the 45 minutes to do the short FTP test so Zwift can more accurately form the training plans around what you're capable of.

That said, I'm really digging the training exercises in Zwift, I've noticed quite an improvement in just the last month (of course, I've never really trained structurally or with power up until I got a smart trainer and started using Zwift, so there's that).

I'm curious to find out what session you did as everything I've done has been on the island or Richmond and I'm riding along with everyone else. Zwift throws out the climbs and descents and just adjusts the watts on the smart trainer according the work out. (Little easter egg to this is that you can do hill repeats and bump up your elevation without really climbing the hills...I'd imagine that they will fix this eventually).

Also, how did you like BKool? I've been tempted to try it, but have 59 free days left with Zwift, so don't want to start the BKool trial until Zwift runs out.
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