Today’s Perfect Moment is my first Zwift ride. For those not aware, Zwift is an online platform that allows you to simulate riding outdoors with a pretty cool interactive landscape. If you have the right equipment (and you don’t need the highest of tech) you can simulate climbs and downhills, flats and sprints all in either a world famous landscape or a totally fictitious one. It has other features like riding with friends, training programs, and other stuff that I haven’t even begun to explore yet.
Since I don’t have a fat bike and do not want to risk slipping across the snowy landscape where I live, this seems like a good option. If the gyms were open, I might have opted to do spin classes or Zwift classes, but that isn’t an option here and won’t be for a while yet–despite everyone’s optimism.
Though most of you don’t know me, I should confess that I often buy things and then don’t use them for a considerable amount of time. Sometimes they go where they are supposed to go and other times they live in my front hallway for a time. While this is sensible in the Covid era, it often makes people wonder why I bought the things at all–explaining that they were on sale just doesn’t seem to cut it.
In what might be a record for me, I got the thing set up quickly. Today, I took my first ride. I’d like to say that I was stellar right out of the gate, but that just isn’t true. I’ve put on a few pounds since it got too cold, too rainy, and dark too early to cycle outdoors. I wasn’t great, but I got the heartbeat up for a sustained period of time and I did a good job on the Sprint. Not being familiar with the set up, the course, the information flowing on the screen, I put most of this down to a tuning ride–of which there will be a few more before I feel comfortable.
That being said, it was good to be on the bike again pedaling. I and my body missed it quite a bit. I enjoyed the graphics and liked the interactive bit. I also enjoyed expending the energy and sweating terribly. Good thing I got those mats on the floor.
My setup is not perfect. I need that sweat protector for the bike (ordered) probably a fan because it is incredibly hot, and I really should make a musical playlist for my ride. Having music to shout along to would probably make the riding a bit more enjoyable. I also should eat properly and stretch before riding. It is all part of the learning curve.