m_reese wrote:Finally jumping in on the Zwift bandwagon. I was in on it in the early days, but didn't find a ton of value in just riding around a virtual world. Workouts came along and things were a little better, but I still preferred doing all of my efforts outside. I still do, but am making an effort to move indoors to see if I can bump up the quality and mental training effect.
The true X Factor for me now is the abundance of races. I did my first one last week and the competition factor really helps me get through a really hard effort indoors. It was a ton of fun.
So my question... well 2 questions.
- Do you have a particular race that is your favorite? If so, why is it your favorite? (i.e. do you have friends IRL that you race with? do you like it because it changes up the course each race or because it's always the same? Do you like it because really strong racers show up? etc...)
- How often are you guys racing? I'd like to do one race per week as a part of my overall training. Aside from just being fun and getting me excited to head into my cold garage, I was completely smoked at the end and got a killer workout. So how are you guys (and gals) working races into your training?
Welcome to the world of Zwift racing! It's pretty cool and has been life changing for me. I hated, hated, hated the trainer and now really love it.
I try to get a SS effort in at 40-60 minutes once/week and a 20 min FTP/vo2max effort; both done during a timely race. Sometimes, I'll throw caution to the wind if the body is feeling good like this past weekend with: Saturday-First Norseman series race (Fire and Ice) and then Sunday-my first 100K race (yes, I bonked).
Mucho fun though. Especially if there are people you know IRL who are racing with you. I'm often on my phone texting one of my friends during races as we encourage each other. I know many others that communicate to time their breakaways...
So to answer the question-twice weekly racing for me and my favorite is the Volcano Climb as it's about 35 minutes of suffering for this 'C' level guy. A short warmup and cool down = a nice hour of solid training. At that distance/effort; I try to be above my FTP so it's really solid training for raising the FTP and relatively quick recovery.
I'm old and do not think I could handle more than two races per week for very long. You can be lulled into racing too often so rest must be worked in. Get used to spinning at the easy pace and being OK with people zooming by on these rest days or you will build way too much fatigue and not progress in your training.