I am 8 rides in on Zwift, just past the 2 week trial period. Having fun.
3 rides have been on Alp du Zwift with good results relative to my real world effort.
The other 5 have been on flatter courses with mid-to-back of pack finishes. It’s been hard to keep up but I am not surprised as I never race, rarely ride with other people IRL and generally prefer to climb to good downhills. I came to Zwift with no drafting skills. I averaged around 200km - 3000m per week in summer. Less in the shoulder seasons.
After my first Alp ride, my result bumped me to A cat - the time was 41min and change. While honored to move to cat A, I knew this would not be fun or where I should be and did not really want cat A to be my only choice when picking rides.
Since then I’ve tried to research why my climbs are strong and my flats are back of pack - hoping to find out what might explain my times on Alp du Zwift, as it doesn’t seem right. The flats do not need any explanation. I am not surprised, just humbled.
On each ride up the Alp since my first, I PR’d my time by a minute and today went sub 40minutes - which I was trying to do. Based on the Strava segment - it seems to think I’m a world class climber. While I generally ride lots of hills where I live… I am not nearly as fast as Zwift suggests.
Today a random group of riders suggested I was cheating in a chat box just as I was sprinting to the finish… which honestly ruined a great climb. I’m ok with there being a technical reason my times are better than they should be, I believe there is, but being called a cheater while put in a max effort at the top of climb…
Does anyone know of any links/checklists to diagnose my equipment or what I should be looking at? I’ve been looking for a week and have had no luck. The most I’ve found is change the Trainer Difficulty settings - which I now ride at 90% for climbs and 10% for flats (otherwise it spins out in descents).
I have a Minoura smart trainer I bought 2nd hand. I read it doesn’t require calibration but have not found much other info on this specific model (LST9200) - wheel on model and Zwift. As far as resistance on climbs goes, it feels right (minus weather, bike weight) and has been quite enjoyable shifting my way the Alp du Zwift.
If the trainer can be calibrated, I can’t seem to find a way to do that.
Finally, I’m also not really savvy on the tech side of the ride data. I don’t really pay attention to the power, heart rate or cadence in real life - although I usually record them IRL.
Any help would be appreciated.