Looking for a bit of advice on whether or not Zwift is for me. I’ve read through lots of posts on the forum but most come from current outdoor cyclists. Those that don’t usually fall into the “I’m a bit overweight now but used to cycle 24/7 365 days a year” or “I’ve never cycled before but I do run marathons every weekend” category.
I love the idea of Zwift, the social, gaming and competitive aspect and think it is something which would really motivate me to get fitter, lose weight and compete (although probably super casually), but most importantly for me, actually stick with it. But the upfront cost is not cheap. It seems to be more tailored towards experienced cyclists rather than beginners. And I’m worried I will spend a lot of money to be way too unfit to even get to the bottom rung of the Zwift experience and therefore not enjoy it or not be able to get any use out of it.
About me, I’m 29, male, 110kg Ish, 5-10 Ish. Overweight for sure, but not inactive. I compete at a national standard (just about) at table tennis. While I need to get much fitter (and table tennis is high intensity but short length and usually not much requirement for stamina), I wouldn’t say I’m massively unfit compared to what my raw numbers probably suggest. I ran on a treadmill 2 years ago (almost daily) for 6 months and combined with diet lost 5 stone. Then I moved and couldn’t keep the treadmill and all has gone downhill.
I would say I have absolutely no desire to ride outside. I would be cycling purely indoors for fitness, gaming, social aspect. I also don’t have a bike and haven’t cycled for years. This makes my cost to entry even higher. As I don’t want to go outside on my bike I have been thinking about the concept 2 bikeerg static/exercise bike. Originally I was just looking at a £250 or so exercise bike but going down that rabbit hole led me to Zwift which has me more than interested. This seems to be a good middle ground for me to get into Zwift but is £750 more.
But the question remains, with the bike and accessories etc I’m going to be spending more than £1000. Is Zwift for me? Should I just buy the non compatible exercise bike and get fitter the none connected way?