I just completed Back To Fitness and thought I’d spend a week away from structured training and just have some fun, so I tried out a group ride.
I really enjoy the immersive nature of Zwift and the cheerful little world of Watopia, I think it’s the one thing that’s really kept me coming back to the trainer.
I reckoned I could stand an hour (it’s a long time on the trainer before you do it regularly, most B2F workouts are under 45mins) and Zwift put me in Category D, which I just crept into so I picked Tour de Friends with Velos.
It was a really interesting ride. It started with what felt like most people surging off ahead, which wasn’t surprising, and I had to get used to pacing myself rather than working to a target. And that’s where it got interesting because I wasn’t sure I’d be able to stay anywhere near 1.5W/kg (I hovered just below mostly) but after the midpoint I did not have any really fatigue (maybe the slice of toast and banana kicked in?) and actually got a bit faster. Before I knew it it was over.
A lot of fun and I’ll definitely do it again next Monday. Eventually I’d like to race but I have a long way to go before wanting to attempt that.