Yesterday i reached Level 40 on Zwift and received this snazzy new outfit to wear while i ride my nice bike.
I do like pink…
A long time ago Zwift did a challenge of riding 112 miles on a virtual Diamondback Andean Tri bike in order to get an entry into a raffle for a real world version of it. Unfortunately, i didn’t win it.
What was even more annoying was that we weren’t allowed to keep the virtual version after riding those 112 miles: which i thought was totally mean and really shit.
But now, with Zwift’s new in game shop thing, i finally got one…
And i even bought that new set of super aero Zipp wheels to make it look even better.
So now i’m finally happy, i’m riding the bike i want to ride on Zwift. Which will have to do until i win one in a raffle: because, unless i win the lottery, i won’t ever be able to afford one.
I’m hopefully collecting a new replacement one from the shop tomorrow – fingers crossed.
Nice of Strava to remember though and send a nice email.
So, in all that time i’ve ridden 17,394.3 miles doing 929 rides. And there was a load of miles done unrecorded on the turbo trainer before i went onto Zwift.
So, all in all, not a bad 4 years considering i was a total newbie to proper cycling when i began – those days when 12 miles seemed like hell to ride. Me and Waldo (my bike) have come a long way since then.
So why do it, because we’re masochists, why else?
I started this challenge on 14th October, that was the first time i rode up the mountain, and i finished today on the 14th November. Which i’m quite pleased with.
To be honest, i’m not in any rush to see that mountain again any time soon. I’m now officially, totally fed up with it. Riding along at 4-5mph for all those hours is just plain tedious, so yeah, you have to be a bit of a masochist to do this, especially in one month.
But done is done and to see this at the top of the 25th ascent…
…makes it all worth while.
What’s next, well i’ve gone and broke the turbo trainer. That’s 2 turbos in 2 months. At least this one is under guarantee still. But i’m gonna be without a turbo for a while when i send this back, so i’m looking forward to some nice treadmill time as i really need to get running again, and i’ll also have a go and see if i can somehow get the old Turbo Muin cobbled back into some kind of working order until i get a new turbo sorted.
Just completed ‘World Class’ level on Rouvy…
And i’m now a Rouvy Legend…
And that’s it. All the levels completed, big bad boss beaten, game over, and all in 7 months — which i don’t think is too shabby for a 53 year old.
So now what? Well, i’m going to finish my month’s subscription on Rouvy as it would be silly not to use it up as i do enjoy Rouvy, and then i’m going back to Zwift for a while.
WTF! Yes, back to Zwift. I’ve been getting lots of messages on VeloViewer about the Strava segment positions i set while i was previously on Zwift getting lower and lower and dragging my VeloViewer Score down — can’t have that!!! So i really feel the need to go back to Zwift for a while and bump a few back up — call it vanity, i don’t care. If one can’t have a bit of vanity in ones life then what’s the point of living? But vanity, or not, not, is, is not, not is… it’s going to be interesting as all i’ve spent my time on while riding on Rouvy has just been getting used to riding in an aero tuck and getting all the power back that i lost when i switched over to using the tri-bars full time — which i think i’ve done and then some on top. Anyways, it’ll certainly be interesting to see what times i can set on Zwift now in an aero tuck on tri-bars and compare them to the times i set previously on the tops and drops. At least on Zwift they have the TT bike that has its algorithm set up to give the reduced drag of being in an aero tuck which isn’t the case on Rouvy. On Rouvy everyone’s given a normal riding position drag coefficient and there’s no way of changing it.
I’m also quite interested to try out the new routes on Zwift as well and set a few times on those too.
I’m currently planning on coming back to Rouvy on 1st October 2019 and going for double Legend status — which means completing all levels twice through in the 12 months between 1st October 2019 and 30th September 2020, but i’ll have to see how i’m getting on with Zwift by then.
Then once that’s done it’ll probably be back to Zwift for a while to catch back up on things and then go off and find another platform to play on. There’s quite a few different platforms out there now and i really would like to try them all eventually and complete all their levels as well. Yeah, pure fucking vanity!
What annoys me is the reporter, Steve Connor, who just couldn’t help himself to mention ‘skin-tight Lycra’ in their title and also in the article. So i sent a letter of complaint to the Independant…
Why is your science editor adding mentions to ‘skin-tight Lycra’ in their title? No where in the whole research was it determined that anyone needed to wear ‘skin-tight Lycra’ in order to stay young. It’s almost that Steve Connor couldn’t help himself but to have a dig at those who wish to stay fit, healthy, youthful and not be a total burden on society through inactive ill health. One would think a science editor would be a lot more objective and not resort to attempts at ridiculing those who are keeping their burden on the NHS and society as low as possible. Most cyclists don’t wear ‘skin-tight Lycra’, it’s not needed to keep you youthful and healthy and for a science editor to suggest that it is by shoehorning it into other people’s research in the way he has done is completely unethical. What i get from reading this article is that Steve is a car driver who doesn’t like cyclists and is bitter about those fitter than himself. He should be reporting the objective facts, not his subjective opinions. Cycling is arguably the best way of keeping fit, youthful and healthy, and your science editor should be promoting this fact objectively and not attempting to ridicule them in this underhanded and totally unprofessional way.
But anyway, there it is. If you don’t want to grow old and sick then get a bike and have at it.
To be honest, one only has to go to places like Amsterdam and Copenhagen to see the effects of a cycling lifestyle on aging. Just compare 50 year olds from those two cities that cycle all their journeys instead of driving cars to 50 year olds in cities in the UK who drive cars everywhere. Just one look without any of the fancy health measuring equipment will tell you straight away that cycling is going to keep you younger and healthier than driving a car.
It’s the future! Get a bicycle or get dead quicker!
A great video by Shimano…
Now go and buy a bike, buy your child(ren) a bike, buy your partner a bike, and get out there and enjoy the world as it should be enjoyed, on a bike. Loose weight, get fit, get healthy, live a better life, have fun, enjoy your local area, what’s not to like?