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.
My 2018 year on Strava. Not too bad really, my best year yet so i’m happy with that. Click on pic for video version.
Sod’s law… that i get to celebrate my 4 year Strava ride anniversary without a trainer to ride on.
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.
And this little picture is all i get for riding my virtual bike up a virtual mountain 25 times.
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 updated the ‘Zwift World Hack’ page to include New York. Use this simple hack to ride whichever world you chose whenever you want.
Another challenge completed…
Just updated the ‘Zwift World Hack’ page to include Innsbruck. Use this simple hack to ride whichever world you chose whenever you want.
232,807 calories is over 4 stone of pure fat burned off your butt.
Yoga & Stretch…
My fastest forward lap time on my own constructed ‘Watopia Monster’ course…
At the time it covered every single road on Watopia both ways, like the Pretzel used to do before they added the volcano and jungle extensions. I put in a request with Zwift to have this made into an official Watopia course but Zwift ignored my suggestion and made up their own which didn’t include the Radio Tower and didn’t ride every road both ways.
Anyways, even with the extra roads added since, this is still a great course to ride, and rather a challenge, not only in length and elevation but also in steering.
I beat my lowest ever average heart rate reading again – 42.17 bpm. An awesome 5 minute average for a 53 year old…
How low can this go? 😀