So I have been using Zwift for over a month now. I really like it. I can tell I have gotten stronger and have more endurance than when I started. Today I did a full FTP test, gave it my all and at the end my FTP went down to a 101… I think it was at a 105 but I don’t know. I wish I could see what my FTP was through time.
This is really getting to me. I started this, knowing I was out of shape and as time went on I would get better and I would get to enjoy Zwift even more. But seeing my FTP go down after working out nearly every day, sometimes over an hour and a half to the point my legs feel like they are going to start cramping. I try to workout even if I’m just not in the mood. I at least go a minimum of 30 min. I’ve skipped some days because my legs were just too sore and I needed to recover. This is very discouraging.
The last few days as I am huffing and puffing pedaling my ass off, it just all feels so pointless. I’m running along at 1.0 w/kg, if I hit 1.5 I am going along at 80% of my capacity and can only hold that at maybe 5 min and at the end of that 5 minutes I am completely destroyed. People are passing me effortlessly riding along at 2.5 to 3 w/kg leaving me in the dust like I’m going backwards. I mean, when I am going up hills, I am being passed by people running! I might as well just hop off and walk on the treadmill… at least I would get places faster. I feel like I will never get to ride in big groups of people or go on any of the events because I will never be able to keep up and will just get left behind. This sucks.
I’m sure I am just in a funk after seeing the disappointing results of my FTP test. I want to keep going. Does anybody else experience this out in Zwifty Land?