I am very appreciative of the opportunity to try out Zwift on the one week trial! Had not heard of this product until Steve from In The Know Cycling mentioned it in one of his posts.
I love to ride my bicycle outdoors, but training indoors during the winter season has always been unpleasant. Of course, in order to keep up my fitness it was necessary, but let’s call it what it is… brutal!
Using Zwift allows me to free my mind much more when training. Both the sites of the ride plus the competitors take me away from the pain in my body much like riding outdoors. Not quite, but so much better than just looking at walls with my favorite hard rock music playing.
I have read other user feedback and have experienced much of the same. No benefit in repeating it here. It takes a long time to develop a platform like this and to work out the many quirks inherent in software targeting such a broad audience.
A few issues I have not read about:
1. Don’t like it when the arcade game (throwing newspapers) is activated. The icons on the bottom of the screen block my view of upcoming traffic and their closing rates. Is it possible to disable when this is going on?
2. Would like to see more detail on the riders I am competing with on screen. In addition to w/kg and distance, can average speed for the ride and riders age be listed?
3. I am probably only going to use the software for 4 months out of the year as long as it is offered on a monthly subscription basis (suspect there are many like me). Would it be possible to have the option to have an annual fee for use that is something like 6 months rate (say $90)? This would encourage me to come on line a few times during the summer as well - perhaps to do an FTP test or to connect with a few people I have met here. Otherwise, it will probably be December 1st (when the ice and snow comes in Ohio) before I set up an account. Lost money for Zwift and less flexibility for me.
4. Would enjoy “real world” road conditions rather than fantasy landscapes. I see that London is on the schedule, so hope to have a chance to experience that before my free trial expires. Would be nice if a rider could choose the landscape they are riding in instead of being limited to the landscape scheduled for that day.
Keep up the great work Zwift developers!! This platform is a great escape from the cave like indoor experience of off season training. I know that you will continue to improve what you have and by listening to users add the most desirable features to further enhance the biking experience.