In the summer of 2016 I followed these guys on Strava who were playing video games early in the morning. They had these cool avatars cycling in a virtual world. It looked really cool. I was cycling outside at the time so I didn’t think much of it other than that it looked cool. Until the days started getting shorter…….
In late August I started working late and not being able to chase daylight. I was burnt out of spin and was looking for a great way to stay motivated. I looked into Zwift. It seemed really cool. There were levels to unlock with virtual prizes. There were races and workouts. There was basically something for everyone. Then there was the social aspect. At any time of the day there were people to ride with from all over the world. My personal favorite is giving people the “Ride On”.
I looked into the requirements. For the most immersive experience, it required a smart trainer. These ran between $500-$1500. I didn’t have it. I also didn’t want to pour money into something I may not even like. I read reviews on the best entry level smart trainers and found a Tacx Vortex on eBay for $450. I had my computer hooked up to my 46″ TV in the living room of my 1BR apartment and I set my Zwift station up next to the couch.
I fell in love with Zwift. It’s a fun and challenging way to stay in shape. I’ve since tried other smart trainer programs but Zwift is my favorite. I know I wrote about Trainerroad and it’s a great program, but I absolutely love Zwift. If you’re thinking about Zwift and don’t yet have a smart trainer, try one out to see if you like it. Most bike shops have it set up for you to demo and they really don’t mind if you spend an hour on it.
Ride on my friends! I hope to see you all personally as well as virtually…..