Zwift and I did not get along. I hated the graphics. I got dizzy and nauseous. I tried to ‘talk’ to my friends as we cycled around Jarvis (Watopia). I hated it. I quickly went back into my little TrainerRoad world.
This fall, the noise around Zwift was unbearable. It’s like they have paid for product placement everywhere and nobody remains untainted by their juggernaut of advertising – DCR, GP Lama, GCN, Cam Jeffers, Vegan Cyclist (Tyler), etc. Sorry guys… it’s just so much freakin’ paid product placement!!
Anyway, I kept watching my buddies ride Zwift and post these fairly impressive power numbers in ‘races’ and group rides. In a moment of weakness last evening, I decided I’d give it a try. I downloaded Zwift to my Mac, paired it with my Driveo, Quarq, Sosche and away I went! Riding straight though the heart of London.
Zwift and I did not get along. I hated the graphics. I got dizzy and nauseous. I tried to ‘talk’ to my friends as we cycled around. I hated it.
Yup, same exact experience. The only thing I discovered was the power profile of the ride looked like other folks I had seen on Strava and such: riding 40 minutes as 3.5 w/kg was like no effort on Zwift. On TrainerRoad, this would have been much much harder. I’m not sure if its the difference between ERG and Resistance mode on my Driveo or what. (My Zwift ride was dual measured on the Driveo and also independently paired to my Quarq, so I’m confident in the accuracy of the numbers). But either way, the Zwift 40 minute effort was a piece of cake. And not a very tasty cake.
For me, TrainerRoad absolutely kicks Zwift to the curb.