During my first experience with workout mode there were a couple of instances where no matter how quickly I pedaled, or what gear I shifted into, I was not able to maintain the target wattage. It was like all of the sudden the trainer’s brake turned off and I was spinning at 130 rpm bouncing around in the saddle trying to put out a measly 185 watts. Although comical, I was a bit confused as to why you’d want me to spin my brains out for 5 minutes at such a low wattage.
My trainer (tacx vortex smart) was also reporting very low cadence during the beginning of the ride - like 23 rpm. My avatar looked like it was barely moving its legs. It finally caught up when I shifted into the big ring, but the cadence was constantly inaccurate, as compared to the regular non-ERG mode - is there a particular ring / ratio I should be in while in ERG mode for the most accurate info?
Another question regarding the ERG mode - should I ever need to shift gears during a workout, or will the trainer always adjust accordingly?
Also, there was no suggested cadence during the workout. This led me to slog through parts of the workout at 60 rpm, sometimes lower, that is until I realized that in ERG mode the trainer automatically adjusts to an increase in power/cadence. Are there any plans to include a cadence target during workouts? It felt like there was some sort of cadence / watt control going on, as sometimes I’d find it very easy to pedal and needed to rapidly increase my cadence (up to 130+ rpm) just to maintain my wattage output. If there is an internal cadence control, and not just a wattage target, it is not clear, and doesn’t seem to be working correctly.
As mentioned in other posts, having the upcoming events on the left side was nice, but I still had no idea what the next watt target was going to be once inside a block. This meant for the SST training I wasn’t sure if at the end of a section I was about to rest or kick it up a notch. It would be nice to be able to see the whole workout visually to allow me to be a bit more psychologically prepared for what’s to come.
I also want to say thanks for putting all the hard work into developing this app - I’m totally hooked just after a few rides, and I’m glad to help in any way I can to make it better for all of us Zwifters!
tl;dr noob spins legs real fast, gets confused. is curious about cadence targets during workouts and is really grateful for the zwift team’s hard work.