I joined Zwift a month ago and just wanted to say hello and share my experience.
I’ve been suffering badly in the last few years with an inability to find the time (and motivation) to get out on my bike. Both my body and my brain have suffered somewhat as a result, so when I realised that Zwift didn’t cost the earth I got myself a Kickr Snap and got stuck in.
I’ve been through the teething issues:
-Can’t work off the laptop screen. Urgh. Second-hand TV acquired.
-Weak wifi in the Man Shed keeps dropping. Urgh. Got an extender.
-Sweat in the eyes. Urgh. Ordered a McEnroe-style red headband.
-Game can’t connect to the trainer. Urgh. Change up the starting order of devices, change it again, and then once more for luck. Success!
-90s Mountain Bike is geared too short so I’m spinning out. Urgh. Old road bike dragged out of hibernation.
-Game keeps crashing because Intel 10th Gen. Urgh. Uninstall drivers, reinstall drivers, uninstall drivers, reinstall drivers and fiddle with settings, uninstall drivers, roll-back drivers and fiddle with settings, install Windows 11, uninstall drivers, reinstall drivers, success!
-Wahoo Tickr keeps dropping. Urgh. ANT+?
Some of the above was annoying. Some of it was frustrating. Some of it was even upsetting. What it didn’t do, however, was put me off what Zwift has to offer me.
With a job and a family filling my time and the nearest pleasant ride being 20 minutes of arguing with traffic away, being able to jump onto Zwift in a 30 minute gap is an absolute god-send. I can get my mind in the game, shift my legs, and clear all the clutter out of my head in just the same way I can on the road.
I also find it a real delight to ride alongside people from across the globe and I love seeing people acheive their targets too. Everyone is working hard and, I think, having some fun along with it.
I haven’t yet dipped my toes yet into robo-pacers, group rides, teams, or racing. I’m waiting until my motivation wanes. As it is, I broke both myself and my beer belly today completing the Three Sisters Route and yet I still can’t wait to get back on the bike when the opportunity next presents itself. I find the sense of riding amongst others in Zwift’s worlds, knowing the efforts they’re putting in, really spurs me on.
What do you find your best source of motivation?
P.S. If you see me dragging myself up a steep hill at a snail’s pace, please give me a Ride On. It makes me smile.