Zwift provides indicators in the form of body language. Most of it is understandable, but there is one I haven’t figured out, so am wondering if anyone else knows.
What does it mean when an avatar’s pedal stroke length is dramatically shortened? That is, when the feet only move up and down a little.
It happens very infrequently. At first I thought it meant “soft-pedaling”, but my power and cadence are normal each time it happens. I also thought it might mean that my power-meter cut out momentarily, but when my power-meter does cut out momentarily, the feet don’t respond this way. They also don’t behave that way when I actually soft-pedal.
Also am wondering if there are any body language indicators I haven’t noticed.
The ones I’m aware of are:
- the hand wave triggered by a keystroke
- the elbow signal triggered by a keystroke
- the pedaling cadence sort of matching real-life cadence
- the stand-up crouch with rapid swaying indicating a sprint
- full tuck and head very low indicating a TT bike
- full tuck but head not very low, indicating not drafting, but not on TT bike
- upright position indicating drafting in affect
Are there any others?
By the way, regarding that last one, someone else pointed out it would be very informative if the display indicated a percentage draft. That would be at the very least interesting, but also especially useful for those with steering capability.