Rouvy — National Champion

Just completed “National Champion” level on Rouvy:

So i’m now at “World Class” level and Rouvy have been given me even more hard riding to complete — exactly what one needs to grow young.

Now i’ve got to complete 6 challenges and amass 10,000 career points.   This is going to take a while as there’s only 4 challenges currently listed and the 4th is in July so i’m looking at August to finish this level at the very earliest.

But all good stuff. Rouvy is certainly far more challenging than Zwift.

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One Year, No Beer

I was listening to the No Meat Athlete Podcast episode, “One Year, No Beer?”

Worth a listen to, and check out the One Year No Beer website also.

Disclaimer: One Year No Beer had nothing whatsoever to do with my quitting alcohol.   But as of writing this post i’m now at 308 days 13 hours sober and thought i qualify well to give the idea a shout out.   Like the guy says in the Podcast, you can quit for a month but you don’t have to change your lifestyle and socialising habits (you just avoid things for a month).   To quit for 90 days is something altogether different because you do have to start changing your lifestyle habits and socialising habits.

To take it to a year is something else entirely.   To go through all the seasons, the festivals, the celebrations, the birthdays, the ups and downs and never ending trials and tests of life, etc., and to experience it all in sobriety — now that can be challenging and, to a lot of people, even frightening.   But seriously, it’s worth it.   If you truly can’t face an event, a person, a place, etc., without alcohol, then maybe you should think about deleting that event, person or place out of your life.   Clear away the shit that you need to be boozed up to face and create the space in your life that you fill with ideas, events, people, places that you can enjoy sober.   There’s a whole world out there to explore and enjoy in sobriety, all you need to do is get sober.

Good luck!

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Rouvy — Jaro’s Challenge

92nd out of 211.

After the ‘TrainingPeaks 70.3 Challenge’ on Rouvy, this was quite the stuff for recovery days, so no, i really didn’t try much which is reflected in my 92nd place.

COULD HAVE DONE BETTER!!!   …the teacher writes in thick red block caps all over my exam paper.

But hey, done is done, and it’s another challenge in the bag towards my next rung on the Rouvy Career ladder — there was nothing said in the challenge that people couldn’t take it easy.

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Rouvy — TrainingPeaks 70.3 Challenge

77th out of 887.

This challenge was to ride both “Challenge Kraichgau” and “Challenge Roth” in race mode.   Each route on its own is quite the test, putting the 2 into one challenge is a little mentally twisted — but hey, that’s what challenges are for.

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Rouvy — Professional

Just completed “Professional” level on Rouvy:

So i’m now at “National Champion” level and for my sins have been given a bucket load of hard riding to complete — awesome stuff.

This new level is definitely going to take a bit more time to complete as on top of completing 2 rather long hard routes in “race” mode, i have to finish 4 challenges and there’s currently only 2 in existence, 1 of which is just about to finish and 1 just about to start, with no hint of when the next 2 will begin or what they’ll require to complete.   On top of that i have to collect 4500 Rouvy points which is a lot of riding in itself.

But it’s all great stuff and gets me fitter.

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Rouvy — 30 mi Challenge #2

83rd out of 1217.

This challenge was to ride at least 30 miles during one training session, with the total mileage from that one session being what counts on the challenge leader board.   I did this riding Rouvy’s “Menador” route.

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Rouvy — Wahoo Climbing Challenge

46th out of 1631.

This challenge was to climb at least 5000 meters from 05.02.2018 to 25.02.2018 with the total meters climbed counting on the leader board…

…11,232 meters climbed for 46th place.

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Rouvy — Elite

From first signing up, excluding the time out for the Bkool trial, it took me 15 days to get through “Talented”, “Amateur” and “Elite” Levels on Rouvy:

Now i’m onto ‘Regional Class’ which is a little bit tougher.   See how long this takes.

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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 achieve 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 achieve 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 continuously 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 because 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.

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