Author: eschlange

Custom Workouts have arrived on Zwift

Today Zwift rolled out a new update (v1.0.8995) which, among other things, lets Zwifters create and share custom workouts. Here’s a screenshot of me putting together a test workout: Kudos to Zwift for investing the time to create an editor which is powerful, simple and intuitive: you can easily add segments for warm up, cool down, zones 1-5, intervals, free ride, and “text events” which pop up a text blurb at that segment so you can give further instruction or encouragement during the workout. You can also enter a description and tag the workout as a Recovery, Interval, FTP, or...

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The Friday Criterium

Rob Bolt has organized “The Friday Criterium (TFC)”–a race series for C/D riders. This is a 3-month series consisting of 6 races. The The first series starts in January with two races every month. The series starts in January with two races every month. Today I raced the TFC for the first time. (Although the series begins in January, this is the second TFC “test” race they’ve held to work out the bugs.) Still waiting on results, but I particularly enjoyed having a large group of C riders to compete against. Most of the Zwift races I’ve participated in to...

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ANT+ Dongles for Zwift

If you want to connect use Zwift you’ll need to have an ANT+ USB 2.0 dongle, or use the Bluetooth connection on the Zwift Mobile App or your Mac. ANT+ USB dongles plug into your computer, allowing communicating back and forth between your computer and your devices (smart trainer, power meters, heart rate/cadence/speed monitors, etc). Garmin: Reliable and recommended by Zwift, ~$35 on Amazon Suunto Movestick Mini: seems to be just as reliable as the Garmin, also ~$30 on Amazon Anself: Generic Chinese dongle, large compared to the Garmin or Suunto, but they seem to work just fine. Ships without documentation. ~$18 on Amazon While you’re at it, get a USB extension cable. They’re cheap, and allow you to move your ANT+ dongle as close to your trainer as you’d like. The AmazonBasics cables work well and only cost $5-$6. Problems getting your ANT+ dongle to work with Zwift? Check out this support...

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TeamSpeak and Zwift: speak with others while you ride

Currently Zwift’s only built-in communication tool is the text chat, which allows you to send a text message from the mobile app which is sent to everyone online, or just to a particular person. This feature is better than nothing, but it tends to lag–I’ve seen messages be delayed 10 seconds or more. Plus it’s not always easy to type a message while riding hard! Enter TeamSpeak: a mature voice chat app used by gamers for years. This is the “de facto” tool used by Zwifters in group rides and races, although I’m surprised by how few people actually use it. Hopefully articles like this will help spread the word, because doing a group ride with folks on TeamSpeak makes it much more interactive. Why TeamSpeak Rocks Impressive Sound Quality: voices are crystal clear, and multiple people can speak at the same time (so it’s like a phone, and not a walkie-talkie) Hands-free: I just wear my iPhone earbuds (which have a built-in mic) and I can hear everyone in my channel, and talk whenever I want to. No hands. Allows for multiple channels, and even private channels: you don’t have to share one channel with all Zwifters–you can have a dedicated channel for a particular ride, or even a password-protected channel for your team. Affordable: cost is $4.99 on iPhone, $1.99 on Android. Getting Set Up Here’s a very thorough article...

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