I just completed my first cycling workout on Zwift. Great time BUT, I could not match the targeted power and RPM’s. It seemed like my watts were way over even though my RPMs were at/over/under the target. What am I doing wrong???
Welcome to the forum.
What trainer are you using? Did you pair it as controllable? Does ERG work.
Are your FTP set correctly?
do you have a smart trainer?
do you have ERG mode turned on?
if the answer to either of those is “no” - you will need to match the target power/cadence by changing gear manually, and if your gear setup doesn’t allow you to ride at the target power/cadence then ur out of luck. just aim for the power and ignore the cadence.
if you do have a smart trainer with ERG mode turned on - then the trainer should automatically adjust the resistance to hit the targets.
p.s. if your actual watts were way over your target in a workout, then your FTP is probably set too low
Ben, thanks for the suggestions.
Yes, I have a smart trainer. A Saris HM2, brand new.
I can’t tell you if ERG is turned on, I will need to research and read about that. A friend set the trainer and software for me, I evidently need to go through the tutorial.
I did a Threshold test today as part of the tutorial and I believe it said my FTP wnd I finished was 127?
I had a hard time keeping my speed up with some of the Watts they gave me during the threshold test
Does everyone struggle this ,u h learning the software? Sure, I could get on and just ride and enjoy the scenery but I want to get more for and use the numbers I see for that. Uggg, any help appreciated
well u did 172w avg throughout a 29min lavendar unicorn workout, so FTP of 127 is way too low
speed doesn’t matter during workouts (only watts) so ignore it.
if you want to learn how to use the software, yes generally you will want to read a manual or watch a video, there’s a tonne of tutorials on youtube etc. workouts are proably the most complicated part of Zwift. this website is also good: https://zwiftinsider.com/ any other specific questions just ask here.