Take laceless shoes, that’s one problem solved. Call your spouse to help fix all other issues you come across during a race :p.
But in all seriousness, as pointed out, this strain to get back is definitely felt IRL as well. There’s one big difference though with real life, making catching up on Zwift even harder. There’s no chance of physical collision in Zwift. As such, on Zwift people can continuously cycle ‘reckless’, there’s no crashing into each other in a pack, there’s no odds of being pushed onto the side of the road in corners, etc.
The latter are moments where a solo rider can recover some ground as it’s a lot easier to maneuver through turns solo then in a group. However, when you’re effectively riding nothing else than a straight line things toughen up.
For races this is fine, for social rides it’d be nice if there was just a quick ‘rejoin’ feature.