Author: eschlange

Does Zwift make your feet stink? Try this.

Early on, my Zwift addiction coupled with manly sweat glands created a stinky situation. My shoes weren’t drying completely, so stinky odor-causing bacteria threw a party with odoriferous results. When riding outside, much of my foot sweat evaporates thanks to nicely-ventilated shoes and socks. But that doesn’t happen with Zwift, plus I find myself riding more than once a day on occasion. Putting on sweaty shoes is unpleasant. And shoes that never dry out get stinky. Quickly. So here’s my redneck PEET Dryer. Just bend a clothes hanger so the ends hook onto your shoes and the hook grabs your fan. Done! I leave the hanger there all the time, then after each ride I hang my shoes and let the fan keep running for an hour or two. The shoes dry out quickly, and don’t get overly smelly. Other Solutions Stuff your shoes with material that soaks up moisture. Newspaper is commonly used, or you can collect desiccant packs, put them in a sock and place that in your shoe. Place them over another wind/heat source. On top of an AC great, in front of the AC inlet, or purchase something like a PEET dryer. Two pairs of shoes. Swap ’em...

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What is FTP (Functional Threshold Power) and why does it matter on Zwift?

As we’ve already discussed, your speed in Zwift is determined by three things. Of those three, your wattage is what you have immediate control over. FTP (Functional Threshold Power) is another way of looking at the kind of watts you can throw down. FTP is the maximum wattage you can sustain for 60 minutes. Of course, nobody can sustain a set wattage level for 60 minutes, so your FTP is the average power you can put out over a 60 minute period. Why Does It Matter? It’s important to know your FTP in Zwift, for at least reasons: Your FTP is used in...

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How can I measure my FTP?

There are three ways to establish your FTP: a blood lactate test, a 60 minute test, or a 20 minute test. A blood lactate test is typically performed in a sports performance lab–not exactly something everyone wants to pay for or undergo regularly. Zwift Workouts to the Rescue Fortunately, Zwift has built-in workouts for 60 and 20-minute FTP tests. I recommend hitting one of these workouts on a day when you’re well-rested, so you can establish a solid baseline FTP for future training efforts. Want to know what you’re in for? Here’s a quick video Chris Pritchard made summarizing his experience doing the 20-minute FTP test on Zwift for the first time: Automatic FTP Measurement Along with the structured FTP test workouts, Zwift will automatically detect your FTP from your everyday Zwift riding, and prompt you when it detects an increased FTP as you finish your...

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How does Zwift calculate my speed?

Your speed in Zwift is determined by three things: Watts: the more power you’re putting into the pedals, the faster you will go Weight: lighter riders will go faster than heavier riders if both are putting out the same wattage. Game physics: inclines, draft effects, road surfaces and which bike/wheels you’re using all affect your speed. So Zwift mirrors the real world, mostly. The most obvious detail missing in the speed equation is the lack of wind: but that’s kind of nice, isn’t it? So How Do I Get Faster? You don’t have much control over the game physics, although you...

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