Zwift/Bikes

Anyone here use Zwift? Or any sort of bike trainer for the matter
I've been trying to get my weekly miles up and it's been pretty convenient.

I want to raise my pathetically low FTP, got 111W last test (2mo ago). Felt like I paced myself badly idk.
Been doing Zone 2 (~40min) rides 6x a week since.

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  1. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    buy this instead anon

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Why? I have a bike trainer and it's nice to load my own bike that I go out in onto it. Doesn't feel that different than normal riding.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Why? I have a bike trainer and it's nice to load my own bike that I go out in onto it. Doesn't feel that different than normal riding.

      No, that's moronic. If OP had access to a Tacx Neo or a Wattbike it might be worth considering, but his set-up is probably better for training actual cycling than 99% of all stationary bikes.

      https://i.imgur.com/7hEqf2a.jpeg

      Anyone here use Zwift? Or any sort of bike trainer for the matter
      I've been trying to get my weekly miles up and it's been pretty convenient.

      I want to raise my pathetically low FTP, got 111W last test (2mo ago). Felt like I paced myself badly idk.
      Been doing Zone 2 (~40min) rides 6x a week since.

      >Zone 2 (~40min) rides 6x a week
      Everything I've read about zone 2 suggests you would benefit from longer sessions. Can you do 80min sessions 3x weekly/60min sessions 4x weekly or is that not convenient?
      Also, don't forget to train at higher intensities as well. The whole zone 2 thing is overblown. And if there's one thing to keep in mind above all: professional cyclists might get huge benefits from zone 2 training, but UCI ProTour cyclists are also people who will compete in as many as 50 or more races in a year. You have to consider that the low intensity of zone 2 training is suited to the routine of a pro who puts immense stress on his body through competition, but it might not be enough stimulus for the hobbyist who isn't pushing himself outside of training.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        >You have to consider that the low intensity of zone 2 training is suited to the routine of a pro who puts immense stress on his body through competition, but it might not be enough stimulus for the hobbyist who isn't pushing himself outside of training.
        That's a really good point actually, thanks anon

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          Look up sweet spot training.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        zone 2 is for endurance training. No point sticking to it unless you do like 3hour and more rides

  2. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Throw in some 2-4 hour rides on weekends. Use zwift 6 week ftp builder once you're above 200w or if you're bored doing z2 indoors. Build to 10 hours a week or so for a solid aerobic base

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      I tried FTP builder but the sudden Zone 4-5 "sprints" were really annoying. The trainer couldn't adjust to it so Id have to shift gears and manually do it
      It just never worked

  3. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Trainerroad chad here. I'm only slightly less pathetic than you with a 210 W FTP. Hoping to hit 250 W by EOY. Maybe 300 W someday.

  4. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I do 4 rides a week on my non gym days. 2 metric centuries and 2 sst long workouts. Dont really care about ftp but I do progressive overload on the century rides by upping the erg wattage by 5 every time.

  5. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    these home bike set ups look really cool but damn does Zwift look super gay

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      I mean looking at the game like in op's pic is pretty dumb and boring. You just throw the game up on a tablet and watch tv shows or movies on the tv

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      My current setup, riding long is really easy when I'm playing something like I genuinely don't notice the time or effort.
      Only issue is my rpm tends to drop when I'm menuing... Idk, it feels like high rpm takes more focus/brainpower for me.

      I can't deny it works, but I don't use the "Virtual World" aspect just the zone exercises and the workout plans.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        use ERG mode without rpm targets

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          well yeah, but -I- want to be hitting 80-90rpm
          Also rpm targets on ERG don't do anything it just pings you when you're not hitting them

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        only issue I have with long rides is that my ass starts to hurt, even if I wear bib shorts

  6. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I go cycling every other day for about 1hr. Is that too little? This is going as hard and fast as I can, lots of hills too. Any advice?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      I mean, only you can tell if its too little. If you're recovering between rides you can try to do more and see how you feel. You can definetly tell if you're too tired to ride

  7. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Stages SB20 and trainer road. You can use the app to automatically adjust resistance. I'm not even really a bikegay but it makes it stupid easy to progress.

  8. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I have a simple bike trainer. Nothing fancy. Not hooked up to anything, so I don't have stats or readouts or watts or whatever. I just increase the resistance until my back gets sweaty. Then I switch between high/mid resistance every 5-10 minutes to give myself a break. I usually go for at least 45m, usually more towards 1h30m.
    Is it worth making my trainer 'smart'? It may be cool to see my stats, but on the other hand it seems kinda pointless. What I do now works fine.
    Oh, and I usually watch something on the bike. Couldn't imagine playing a game like the anon above. It'd make the time go by fast, but my hands would get too sweaty to hold a controller.

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