Trying Out Zwift for the First Time

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.

Baby steps.

About Anthony

I am: equal parts rebel, romantic and shockingly average Joe. a writer trapped inside of an ESL teacher's body. an introverted attention seeker. a teacher who hopes one day to be called "Captain, my Captain." an intellectual who can do some very dumb things. a person whose Japan experience, despite being so long ago, still exerts a strong influence upon him. a lover of books, music, beer, hockey and Pizza.
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9 Responses to Trying Out Zwift for the First Time

  1. Margie Swain says:

    Good to start a new year’s resolution early. Great job Bro.

  2. retrodee says:

    That’s cool, it looks something like one of those exercise video games.

  3. Lkvy says:

    The sweating is pretty unbelievable, isn’t it?!

  4. Sheree says:

    Best thing I bought my husband during Lockdown II, a new trainer and a Swift subscription.

  5. bgddyjim says:

    Good stuff, brother. Everyone I know who Zwifts in the winter comes back to spring riding strong and fit.

  6. laholmberg says:

    You “unpacked the box” and got back into the game- cheers to you! It sounds invigorating!

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