Looking at watts over time (W/T) would show that miles climbing vs flat miles has a statistically significant difference. If I’m looking to grow my ability as a Zwifter (new or experienced), demonstrating watts/time (W/T) should be meaningful. Watts over time (T/W) is likely a measurement of significance to a rider looking to improve their ability.
Realizing not all Zwifters possess the finical ability or desire to determine W/T. What is fair? Should spending more money on a “smart trainer” allow me to grow points faster? Let me ask this “should more points in Zwift allow me to access to more efficient tools” (frame, wheels …) Isn’t this a similar question?
If I choose to spend the money, should I not see some return (why buy cutting edge or premium products like Zwift)? Their is a difference in the tools riders use to interact with Zwift. The ability to feel resistance up hill vs down hill is significant. It is reflected in watts, hart rate and smart trainer resistance (in measuring energy consumed, the direction an amount of mass is moved over time is a measurement). From a pure psychics point of view, riding down hill is not equal to riding up hill once the element (variable) of time is added (W/T).
The goal; “To be better”. In Zwift, each of us determines what that means and how it will be measured (against our past or others performance). I believe each of us should continue have the ability to make that decision. Whether its up hill, down hill, drafting, better tools, “power ups”, or an “unfair advantage”, Zwift is about each of us and our desires as an individual rider.