Category Archives: Zwift

January’s Best Efforts…

My crappy January…

I started the year in a bit of a crap state. To be honest i still hadn’t allowed my body to recover from the 200 miler at the beginning of December properly, going back to pushing things too soon, when, with hindsight, i should have eased back into it a lot slower. Lesson learned.

So i had no real choice but to bite the bullet and back off completely and do what i should have done immediately after the 200 miler.

So it’s been taking three steps back in order to move 4 steps forward.

But at the end of the month i found that by backing off on the power a bit and shortening the runs but running every other day instead of every 3 or 4 days, i was able to keep training without needing a day off, recovering well and got back to burning just as many calories a week as i was when going much harder for less time. So basically more very aerobic based training without any harder intervals above zone 2. And i like it.

My aim now is to just leave the cycling as is as i’ve got to where is nicely manageable but to focus on building the running up. So i’ll see how that goes – it’s all rather experimental.

My training calendar for the month…

..and some reasonable totals achieved…

Cycling covered 853.63 miles in 48:35:50 using 21,789 calories, which is a little better than December even with the couple of really bad weeks at the beginning of the month, so i’m fairly happy with that.

Walking/Running covered 73.63 mi miles in 14:34:03 using 5015 calories, which again, is a ton better than December’s and even better than November’s while only a few miles short of my best running month in October. So all good there.

Other things…

My main computer packed up so had to switch over to my lower spec tower which won’t run Zwift. But it does a good job on Rouvy, which i’m quite enjoying. I spoke at length here about my current feelings about Zwift. It wasn’t until i switched over to another virtual platform that i started to really notice Zwift’s short comings. It’s going to be an interesting year in virtual exercise with lots of new platforms currently in beta and existing ones improving all the time. Zwift is going to fail if it doesn’t get it’s act together soon. There’s plenty of choice to be had and i would suggest that people have a go at all the free trials on offer and see which they like the best. After all, at the end of the day, it’s what’s going to keep you motivated, not what someone else likes. So find the platform that works best for you and enjoy the shit out of it.

The other thing that took its toll in January was moving to the tri bars full time. For the whole month, any time i wasn’t out of the saddle i was down on the tri bars and that quite kicked the crap out of my legs and shoulders. But the last week of the month my shoulders stopped aching towards the end of a 3 hour ride and i started getting really good proprioception in my legs and torso. So, as much as it looks, on paper, like i had a crappy month, i actually had a really good one in the end. So well pleased with that. I fully intend to stay down on the tri bars from now on any time i’m not in the saddle.

Had a falling off the wagon with coffee and vape and cooked food, but back on the raw wagon and weaning myself off the coffee and vape. I’m definitely going for another big quit in February. I’m not going to quit quitting.

And the falling off the wagon was why i haven’t been doing any breath work/meditation this month either. I’m definitely going to get back into that as soon as i’m back on after the big quit.

I did manage to stay off the cacao though, which i definitely feel like i missed the effects of in training. Just felt really sluggish and everything felt so much more taxing – but that might have been something else like going to the tri bars full time or simply not meditating and doing my breath work, maybe just a bit of everything all adding up.

But, all in all, with hindsight, i’m fairly pleased with January as a whole, albeit rather crappy looking on the calender and also feeling really crappy at times. Which is why i like writing these posts once a month. It gives me chance to look back and take a more balanced view of how the month went rather than just relying on how i felt from day to day – a good idea for anyone training, i think.

Anyways, have a fit, healthy and well February.

Best wishes.

Playing on Rouvy…

I’ve had to drop out of Zwift for a while as my main computer (the only one i have that will run Zwift) just conked out. For some reason it won’t start up.

So until that’s fixed i’m using my other computer with Rouvy. Rouvy is quite nice, really enjoying it.

Will have to see how Rouvy goes until i get my main computer fixed and then decide if i want to stay on Rouvy. I may try some of the other virtual cycling things and see how they are before deciding whether to come back to Zwift.

Zwift is leaving quite a bit to be desired lately. They still haven’t put in a choice for worlds on start up even though the world’s are getting ridiculously busy and they keep making stupid excuses for not doing it. On Rouvy i get to chose wherever i want to ride at start up – not a problem.

Zwift still hasn’t made anything for those of us who have got past level 25. How much longer is this going to take? Zwift knew when they decided to have these levels that customers would soon acheive them and have had more than enough time to implement something to keep people working towards.

Zwift algorithms are totally and utterly unfair, allowing heavier more powerful riders to corner far faster than us lightweight riders. Heavier riders, in the real world, have to brake far earlier, take corners far slower and accelerate with more w/kg to get back up to speed, yet Zwift doesn’t reflect any of this and any gains us lightweights make on the climbs is more than negated on the descents and we have no chance in the extreme bias towards flat races that Zwift seems to think is a good idea.

Zwift racing is pretty much always done on the flats, once again, giving us lightweights no real chance of competing against anyone but ourselves at the back of the pack. About time Zwift stepped in with the event organisers and forced them to make at least half of their events with an adequate amount of climbing – but that’s a bit pointless unless Zwift sort out the cornering algorithm and put in forced decelerations depending upon weight of rider at all corners. Just running Zwift as one straight road is utterly unfair.

Zwift is totally lacking in the bike customising department. Why can’t i put aero bars on a Canyon Aeroad for example and why can’t i get a disc wheel like some of the older riders have? It’s totally fucked up! And where are 2018’s bikes and wheel sets? Why isn’t Zwift getting these big bike companies in on the act and advertising on Zwift instead of hiking the prices for users?

Zwift is totally lacking in the kit customising options also. Why haven’t they allowed people to design their own kits once they acheive a certain number of points? We’ve done enough riding and paid enough money to Zwift for us to have some simple benefits. Or Zwift could even add a charge of $10 for your own kit designs. Just make up a simple template download that you can play around with and upload with your $10 and everyone’s a winner! More revenue for Zwift and more happy Zwifters.

The shit i don’t want on my customising lists i can’t delete or get rid of. Why do i have to have loads of kits and bikes and wheels and stuff that i don’t want or will ever use that i have to contiuously scroll through to find the stuff i want to use that ride?

Zwift set up a customer suggestion forum, yet Zwift never bother to answer hardly any of the suggestions. What’s the point of setting the damn thing up if they aren’t going to engage with their customers and start taking some notice of what we want?

Why can’t i design my own courses on a map and save them to my account and share them with friends instead of being stuck forever with the stock beginners portfolio of courses?

So many simple and easy things that Zwift could do very cheaply, quickly and easily but instead they send us all an email telling us that they think Zwift is worth far, far more and by the end of this year we’ll be forced to pay it if we want to stay. Well Zwift is going to collapse unless they sort their shit out soon becuase there are lots of other virtual cycling platforms springing up all the time now and it won’t be hard for them to fix all of Zwift’s faults from the beginning and produce a far better experience than Zwift has done.

Ooooh! I love a good rant. 😀

40km TT (Richmond World’s)…

My fastest 40km on Zwift’s ‘Richmond World’s’ course from the start banner…

Done on the Tron bike. Only just inside the top 57%, ouch, but i’m ok with that for now as i was pacing for a 3 hour ride and i’m also taking it easy on the bike at the moment while concentrating on my running.

I forgot to make a note of the elevation gain – will remember next time.


56-Mile TT (Richmond World’s)…

My fastest 56 miles on Zwift’s ‘Richmond World’s’ course from the start banner…

Done on the Tron bike. Inside the top 47%, which i’m happy with for now as i’m taking it easy on the bike at the moment while concentrating on my running.

I forgot to make a note of the elevation gain – will remember next time.


40km TT (London Classique from Start Banner)…

My fastest 40km on Zwift’s ‘London Classique’ course from the start banner…

Done on the Tron bike. Inside the top 48%. It’ll do for now on such a flat course that has so much racing on it.

It’s 132 meters of elevation gain.


My Fastest Ever 40km…

Just managed my fastest ever 40km which i set on Zwift’s ‘Volcano Flat Reverse’ route…

In the top 42% on the leader board, which i don’t think is too bad for now on such a flat course.

Done on Tron bike with a fair bit of draughting going on with the Tour de Zwift event. Getting closer to that hour though.


Watopia Volcano Flat Reverse…

My fastest forward lap time on Zwift’s Watopia ‘Volcano Flat Reverse’ course…

Done on the Tron bike. Inside the top 29%, which i’m pretty happy with on such a flat course.


23rd Street Climb…

My best effort up Zwift’s ’23rd Street’ climb…

Done on the Emonda with Bontragers while i was supposed to be doing a recovery ride because my legs still haven’t recovered from the Fondo, but managed to be just inside the top 34%, which i’m ok with for now. I’ll be back on some lighter wheels soon when i don’t have knackered legs.

For more of my climbing, there’s the ‘Zwift Climbs’ section of my website which i plan to be adding all the Zwift climbs to over the coming weeks – it’s all good fun. 😀


2017 Totals…

All Activities…

Activities: 650
Distance: 7,208.27
Time: 671:33:18
Calories: 232,807
232,807 calories is over 4 stone of pure fat burned off your butt.


Activities: 217
Miles: 6,725.69
Time: 382:33:02
Calories: 176,176


Activities: 61
Miles: 392.13
Time: 80:15:43
Calories: 32,729


Activities: 1
Miles: 20.91
Time: 3:45:54
Calories: 381


Activities: 23
Miles: 69.50
Time: 33:48:40
Calories: 6,589


Activities: 297
Time: 112:29:07
Calories: 6,582

Yoga & Stretch…

Activities: 51
Time: 58:40:52
Calories: 10,349

December’s Best Efforts…

My healthy December…

I got a new lowest minimum heart rate 0f 38.62, which i’m well pleased with…

And also a lowest average heart rate of 42.17, which is also very pleasing…

So all pretty good on the health front for the first half of December but the second half just went a bit downhill as i started vaping again and drinking coffee and eating a bit of junk with the holidays and visits coming up.

My fitness December…

Well, i lied again about doing the long rides. I ended up doing a 200 mile ride for World Bike Relief on Zwift. I just wanted to see how far i could go and to be honest, i really couldn’t manage any more than that. But a pretty good innings for my first ultra ride and lots learned for the future.

But the toll it took just totally wrecked the rest of the month. I took a few days off and eased back into everything but i just didn’t really get it back together until the end of the month. But it was a great experience and goes to show how far my fitness has come along in the last year alone.

My next big ride is going to be Everesting the Radio Tower, but i’m not in any rush to do that. My main goal for January is to set a PR on most, if not all, of Zwift’s climbs, while at the same time attempting to get my running back to where it should be.

My training calendar for the month…

..and some reasonable totals achieved…

Cycling covered 760.05 miles in 46:32:01 using 18,636 calories, which is quite a drop in distance, time and calories; but considering how the month started and ended and all the climbing i did this month, i’m fairly happy with it.

Walking/Running covered 44.88 miles in 9:23:55 using 2,370 calories. Which is quite a decrease once again on last month but all down to the standing up and walking all day long plus the silly bike rides as well.

Other things…

Still slowly getting a bit more comfy on the tri bars but still not down on them full time.

Still off the alcohol, chocolate, sugar but saved the rest of the quitting until the end of December as i was visiting friends and stuff. And now the end of December has passed the full quit is now in progress, so looking forward to seeing the results at the end of January

All in all i’m fairly pleased with December, albeit rather chaotic at times.

Have a fit, healthy and well 2018.