Here’s a bit of history - I recently bought a smart trainer (Tacx Vortex) and my power has dropped by c100w vs my dumb trainer that was on a 3/7 resistance and connected with garmin speed/cadence sensor. I have adjusted trainer difficulty on the Vortex but my power output stays the same, pretty much. It’s affected my motivation as I’m not able to sustain a strong race pace anymore, regardless of trainer difficulty. However, my cycling VO2 max is increasing at 58, so something is not right.
After checking more Zwift articles, it seems to validate power better on Zwift the advice was to get a power meter for more accurate readings. So, I have purchased new Garmin vector 3 pedals as they offer 1% accuracy. They are working fine and report power via my Garmin 735xt watch and Garmin Connect.
However, my main concern is that the power recording on Zwift from my pedals is 30-50 watts lower than what is recorded via my watch and Garmin connect data. Over the past two days, I have tried:
Connecting Power Source and Cadence to the Vector Pedals
Connecting the controllable source to my Tacx Vortex and tested without Tacx Vortex as a controllable source.
Changed from playing on my Ipad via Bluetooth and switched to Mac and Ant+ for pedals and vortex
Turned off all other Bluetooth connections via Mac and Phone
I’ve now run out of options and starting to rapidly lose motivation on Zwift due to what seems technical or connectivity issues.
Can someone please advise what the best course of action is? I’m not wanting to buy any more kit, so hoping there is a quick fix somewhere?