Just rode the Academy Orientation, and I’m glad I did. It was a disaster for me, and I’m glad I have time to iron it out. Not much fun.
- You have to have a cadence sensor imo.
- Why doesn’t the ride say, “I can see you don’t have an active cadence sensor…” and explain what that means?
- I was unable to perform any of the cadence-related activities and receive a star.
- If your trainer doesn’t put out smooth watts, you really can’t complete the activity.
- I would go from under to over to okay to… from second to second.
- This makes it really hard to earn stars during training.
For 2., the UI suggests these were 4 seconds apart, but keep in mind that these two readings sandwich one “in the range” reading, one second to the next, and I was trying to keep a steady output throughout.
So 199 too low, then one good reading, then 277 too high in three successive readings. This was my experience give or take throughout. I was unable to ride in the target range for any significant amount of time.
My power graph is usually pretty spiky. It’s never really affected my enjoyment in the past, though, as long as the average isn’t bad. Note: I ride and have raced a couple of times, but have not performed any workouts yet, so that might explain the spikiness not bugging me yet.
- I’m using an Elite Suito.
- I understand that riding for 10 mins before I start might be helpful, but still had 2. over ten minutes in to the ride.
- I imagine there’s some sort of calibration I could try, but
- Zwift no longer (?) lets me calibrate the Suito in-app and
- I don’t think calibration would change variation from second to second?
I tried the “average power display over 3 seconds” in the settings instead of instant, but that appears to only affect the HUD graph at the bottom.
So #1 kinda stinks, but I’ll go order a cadence sensor and #1 would probably become “fixed for me”.
My comment on cadence is that Zwift Academy needs to address the situation during the orientation ride. Either say I can’t [fully? practically?] benefit from the Academy without one and point to one on the site or explain to me the limitations if I don’t have one. But my orientation experience tells me one is, for all practical purposes, required.
The second, I don’t know what to do. I’m not buying a Kickr for the Academy. That’s a little extreme. What can I do with my Suito to have a better experience?