I used Zwift on-and-off last winter and got to level 9. At times I enjoyed it, but after using it for a couple of months straight (in the winter), 4 days a week, I got bored and switched to another software that I used in ERG mode, on my iPhone, while watching the entire Game of Thrones series (which I thoroughly enjoyed). I’m trying to decide ‘where I want to play’ this winter and looking for user tips on how to be more engaged in Zwift. I figure I’ll dive into the deep end and see if it grips me, and if not, I’ll be back to watching movies/shows on Netflix and YouTube while following an ERG based workout that I don’t have to think about. Really, one is potentially very engaging, and the other is all about focus on a movie/show. In the end I may do both through the winter, alternating based on my mood.
I think I’m familiar with most of the Zwift features, but maybe I’ve missed a few things since last year. I listen to the Zwift podcast now and then so I’m still in touch that way (i.e., New York course, Zwift Academy, etc.).
A few points about my personal preference for riding and indoor riding (to help focus the feedback):
- I don’t care about training to get faster, so workouts don’t interest me. Also, the idea of doing a workout in Zwift and not ‘playing’ the game in sim mode doesn’t fit my style. If I’m on Zwift I want to feel the hills! Even when I did workouts on another software, it wasn’t about getting faster, for me it’s about continuing to get exercise, the fact that I adore cycling and that even indoors is somewhat enjoyable (love that emotional high I get from a ride, and that when spring rolls around I don’t want to start from zero)
- When riding outside I ride alone 80% of the time, and with one other person the other times. I’m not a fan of group rides. I’ve done some ‘events’ outside (mainly gravel rides), which for me are not races as I don’t care about results…it’s the mere act of cycling that I enjoy. That said, I figure to enjoy Zwift more than I have in the past I should do more group rides and races…simply to keep motivated and pass the time (have an objective). When I would pick a course and ‘just ride’, it got boring after a while. I did a handful of events/races in the past, and it was okay, but maybe I have to approach it differently
- I’m really not familiar with all of the badges or other ‘goals’ that can be earned in Zwift, so this is one area I’m going to read up on
- lastly, I use an Elite Direto, App TV4K and a 32" Tv in a pretty sweet pain cave (built my own ‘desk’)