Zwift – Climbing Challenge Complete…

Finally completed the Tour Italy challenge on Zwift…

…i’d already been awarded the Tron bike because Zwift kept on deleting my elevation gains on this challenge…

Nice bike though!

Currently there’s no more challenges or levels left on Zwift for me to complete, although there’s a space on the challenge page for a 4th challenge and also lots of empty spaces on the kit list for more level bonus kits and parts to be added, so hopefully won’t be too long before i can start hunting again. Other than that there’s a 100 mile Achievement to still do and a few power based achievements as well, but those are outside of my current training plan and i’ve no intention of going after them until i’m doing 140.6.

But quite happy to have done all the levels and challenges in under 10 months of riding on Zwift. Maybe i could open a new account and start again to see how much quicker i can do that. LOL

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40km TT (Watopia Mountain 8)…

My fastest 40km TT on Zwift’s ‘Watopia Mountain 8’ course…

Done on the Tron bike. In the top 46 %, so not too bad. Will give it another go soon as i can definitely get it quicker.

It starts at the start banner.

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Watopia Mountain 8…

My fastest forward lap Time on Zwift’s Watopia ‘Mountain 8’ course…

Done on the Tron bike. Top 42% isn’t too shabby. Will give it another go soon as i reckon i can beat that as i messed up the start.

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40km TT (Watopia Volcano Climb)…

My fastest 40km TT on Zwift’s ‘Watopia Volcano Climb’ course…

Done on the Diamondback Tri Bike. Just inside the top 50%, which i’ll take considering i was pacing for my full 3 hour session and i also had a major water bottle malfunction during this and had to stop peddling for a couple of minutes while i cleaned up the mess. So looking forward to coming back and doing it faster in the not too distant.

It starts at the start banner.

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56-Mile TT (Watopia Volcano Climb)…

My fastest 56 Mile TT on Zwift’s ‘Watopia Volcano Climb’ course…

Done on the Diamondback Tri Bike. I’m sure the KOM won’t last long once a few more people start riding this course, but it’s nice to have one occasionally, even if only by virtue of being the first to ride this far on a new course.

It starts at the start banner.

This course gives approx 820m elevation gain, so fairly good approximation for anyone wanting to do some indoor training for a 70.3.

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September’s Best Efforts…

Well, i’m still off the alcohol, but September was a difficult month.

Mostly it’s gone fairly well, but the cooked food was creeping in a fair bit and coffee and cacao and vape have been taking more and more of a space up in my life. But i just accepted it until this last weekend and my birthday and then the final reboot. Which is where i am just about to begin as i write this.

Had a great weekend away for my birthday, lots of friends and good times. Felt much more comfortable not drinking now i’ve got used to it and everyone seems used to me sober, so that was good. But i did eat a lot of junk and cooked vegan stuff and vaped way too much and did way too much coffee and a bit of codeine. And then ended up coming back a day late and just not getting back on it when i had planned.

But tomorrow is the beginning of the new me and that’s that. All cleaned up, all the vices gone, and see what happens next. Bring it on.

So what happened in September training wise…

The yoga was a bit hit and miss. Cut that back towards the end and definitely noticed an improvement on the other training, but need to look into that more once i’ve got off the vices. Was a good month for meditating though and will definitely be taking that forward with me.

With all the coffee and vape and cacao i certainly didn’t hit any minimum heart rates this month and my lowest BP was 105/68 @ 54 bpm…

It definitely goes to show that even if you are really fit and healthy, adding coffee, vape, cacao, etc., can still have quite a dramatic affect. Approx 10 bpm higher resting heart rate, and 10 points blood pressure. That can be the difference between life and death for some people, and if it’s doing this to someone with my health and fitness levels, i hate to think what it does to people with low health and fitness levels.

No fastest TT’s ever this month due to switching over onto the climbing challenge after the Tour Italy was finished. Although i did smash my best 100km and 56 mile on my London Pretzel Flattened course before i switched.

And since then i’ve been playing around Zwift on the hillier courses trying to find nice 56 mile TT rides of about 1000 meters (2017 70.3 world champs elevation) and doing those in under 3 hours. So far i’ve got Watopia Hilly and Greater London Loop done. More to add this month. So all good on the bike front.

And still haven’t got up to 12 miles on the treadmill. That’s coming along slowly, but it is coming along. I think the bike just takes too much out of my legs to make much gains on the running at the moment, but the bike’s getting easier as i’m not upping that until i get the running level up, so hopefully that’ll be better this month, but we’ll see. Not going to hurt myself to get there.

My training calendar for the month has certainly been full…

..and some great totals achieved…

Cycling covered 720.66 miles in 37:08:18 using 16,944 calories. That’s an average 19.04 MPH, which is a small decrease in distance, time and speed over last month. That was down to a couple of factors, one being the change to 6 days training plan killing the training on day 4 twice with me not being able to train at all on one day 4 and then sacking out on another, and the other issue was changing to hilly courses, which obviously slows me down as i do less miles in same time. But, again, hopefully that’ll work itself out over October as things get more settled in and i get a little bit fitter and stronger as well.

Walking/Running covered 56.64 miles in 11:45:01 using 4,916 calories. Which is a small decrease in distance but good increase in speed while using a lot less calories, so well pleased with that especially considering the problems i’m having with the running. But it does prove that it’s getting better.

Other things…

Tri bars are going well. Really settling into them nicely. Still not on them full time, but will work up to that slowly. But all good for the time i am using them.

The new 6 day training week was certainly a success, albeit a little taxing in places. HRV telling me to take a day off is not something i usually see, but i took the advice and it worked out well. So will be sticking to this plan from now on as i really enjoy it and it certainly seems to be taking me in the direction i want to be going.

And that’s about it. Just going to face my demons starting tomorrow when i quit all my vices and happily move ahead in a very different manner. Looking forward to October and all that it might bring.

So yeah, all in all September was a very good month. Feeling good, feeling positive and feeling happy. I’m ready for October.

Watopia Hilly Route…

My fastest forward lap Time on Zwift’s Watopia ‘Hilly Route’…

Done on the Canyon Aeroad with 808’s on. Inside the top 47% so fairly pleased as i was pacing for my full 3 hour training session.

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Richmond Hilly Route…

My fastest forward lap Time on Zwift’s ‘Richmond Hilly Route’…

Done on the Tron bike on a recovery ride so not a representative time. Will definitely go back and do it properly at some point, but Richmond very rarely coincides with my Long Haul bike days so not sure when it’ll be improved substantially.

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Greater London Loop…

My fastest forward lap Time on Zwift’s ‘Greater London Loop’ course…

Done on the Tron bike. And inside the top 23% so fairly pleased as i was pacing for my full 3 hour training session.

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56-Mile TT (Greater London Loop)…

My fastest 56 Mile TT on Zwift’s ‘Greater London Loop’ course…

Done on the Tron bike. 29/50 – looks like only the serious cyclists have attempted anything long on this course. Think i might come back one day and do a serious attempt at it rather than just my normal planned training day, but that’s 7 minutes to find to get into the current top 50%. Hopefully a few slower riders will push me up before my next go. Nothing like a good challenge though.

It starts at the start banner.

I’m currently trying to find courses on Zwift that have approx the same elevation gain and loss as the 2017 70.3 world champs to see how i stack up over the 56 miles. This course gives approx 940m gain and loss, so fairly good approximation for anyone wanting to do some indoor training for a 70.3.

Admittedly, i wouldn’t have been much good doing a half marathon after this effort, but i’m certainly on my way, so very happy.

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