I wanted to test my ability to exert even effort by using my gears and keeping an eye on heart rate – almost like one would do on the road if you do not have a power meter fitted to your bike. (Note that comparison cannot be made as reliable on the road as it can be done indoors!)
- Ride A: I rode London Loop as normal, using my gears as I would on the real road, standing up at slower cadence on the steeper inclines, trying for faster descents in high gearing, etc
- Ride B: I rode the same London Loop but in “work-out” mode. I picked the one-hour flat ride (without ERG mode), settling in a gear somewhere in the middle of the range at comfortable spinning speed and at a power output level that I felt I could maintain at moderate effort and roughly “zone 2” heart rate
Comparing the two rides: total time taken to complete the London Loop did not differ significantly, but I am planning on repeating the experiment on other routes. The sample is rather small of course, so similar data from other Zwifters would be interesting to hear!
Wouldn’t be nice if one could also get the recorded average Watts from Swift? That would make the results/conclusions just so much more statistically significant!!