I completed my third ride on the island this morning and am really happy with the experience so far. Somehow, the visual sense of movement and the stimulation of having other riders on the course provides at least partial distraction from the length of my current interval. The AI’s don’t do much for me. I much prefer interacting with real people.
A couple of technical comments that you may find helpful.
Neither the initial installation nor this morning’s update were particularly smooth. Upon initial installation, after the program launcher finished the initial update, the program wouldn’t start. I uninstalled, rebooted, reinstalled, gave up, went home and repeated and finally it just started working. The problem was not the launcher, it seemed to be the program itself. After downloading this morning’s update, the updater requested permission to restart Zwift. I said ok and the system then asked me for permission to install the new software, but after I said OK to that, nothing happened. I tried again, same result. I rebooted the computer and the third time was the charm. That was a relief. I am running Windows 8.1.
I have sort of a hard time getting into the draft, especially of the AI’s. They seem to zoom past and I have to accelerate to get into their draft. Then they take off. Real people seem a little easier, though I haven’t spent that much time trying to perfect my technique. Generally speaking, it is not clear to me when/whether I am even benefitting from a draft. Do I have to be behind a rider, or is next to a rider ok? It might be useful to provide a visual cue (e.g., different color on the speed characters). Furthermore, it might ultimately be useful to be able to adjust the draft factor. I will have trouble keeping up with some of my teammates unless I can crank up this factor!
It would be nice to have an FAQ dedicated to the interface. I learned from the recent email that “T” will get you to the customization screen. I don’t know what to do with that TT helmet. I see “30"” appear from time to time and I suspect I am supposed to do something (though I can’t reach my keyboard from the bike). Eventually I’ll dedicate some time to poking around, and probably discover things, but us old guys are conditioned to read the manual.
Thanks for your efforts on what I think will become a new paradigm for indoor cycling. Much better than computrainers IMHO.