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Winter is long and full of excuses

Staying motivated to keep fit during the dark, cold winter months is really hard. Even for me, as someone who rides the trainer when the weather says “go outside, you idiot”. The key to keeping motivated, at least for me, is by setting goals; and not the long-term kind. That’s not to say that goals like “I want to lose weight”, “I want to raise my FTP”, “I want to stay fit”…

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Sterzo hacked. Go get your geek on.

Engineer extraordinaire, Keith Wakeham, has reverse engineered (aka “hacked”) the Zwift steering protocol used by the Sterzo. Published the 3D printing files and basic instructions on how to DIY one of these for ~$25 (assumptions are made). All in, this looks amazing, and were it not for Keith’s hints around future development exactly the kind of thing I would be interested in. Except that I would make two changes to the physical…

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The options aren’t supposed to make sense?

On first glance, I was very firmly in the WTH is Zwift thinking camp. The plans don’t make sense, but apparently, that’s the point? I kind of get it based on DCR’s explanation, but it’s still a very strange way to do market research. At least to my untrained eyes. On every subsequent page with options, they repeat the same “these are made up scenarios” wording. But, if there’s anything we as…

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YIL: Zwift on Apple TV is not bulletproof

When I started Zwift’g I went with the Apple TV as the host platform because it was the cheapest way to get everything working well. I’ve been using it this way for quite a while now, and I’ve never had any problems that weren’t related to Zwift Companion flaking out on me, or the PSYCHOTIC* remote that comes with the Apple TV. That confidence was shattered yesterday when the app just crashed…

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The hardest 27 mins, that felt like 5, I’ve ever ridden

I did my first Zwift race over lunch yesterday. It was surprisingly crushing, fun, and the time slipped by much faster than a similar style workout. Trying Zwift racing has been on my mind for a while, mostly because I miss the competitiveness of the group ride (stupid COVID!). But I’ve been avoiding it because I generally only have around an hour at lunch to bang out a workout, and the pull…

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Strava now agrees that distance is distance, at least for April

I never understood why virtual rides didn’t count towards Strava’s challenges. Of course it’s possible that this stance, is at least partially informed by my state as a flat-lander. I think it’s stupid that they ignored virtual metrics, like climbing, from the monthly challenges. Riding on the trainer is at least as hard as riding in the real world, and the goal here (at least as I understand it) is to encourage…

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Ah yes, that day each year where people do stupid things and we pretend it’s funny

It’s April somewhere, so Zwift has decided to go retro. Take it as a PSA, it’s not just you… This is our 6th April Fools’ Day on Zwift, and each year the HQ has come up with something fun for the community. Last year we were burning rubber, and the year before that it was Paperboy. 2017 we had big heads, 2016 gave us the old-timey effect, and 2015 we rode big…

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Zwift stabs running, injures my commitment

Figures that Zwift killed (not really, but definitely made a move in that direction) Running the same day I tried to try it for the first time. But as DCR notes, the real story is the doubling down on hardware. I like Zwift. I find it motivating and easy to use. I do not like expensive hardware that locks me to a specific subscription based platform (cough, Peloton). So no matter how…

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Elite Sterzo is cool, overpriced, and really ought to have straps…

I really like that platforms like Zwift are adding features like steering which make the experience more interactive. So the Sterzo block from Elite is great, but that doesn’t mean that it’s perfect. Besides the $69 price (ouch), this really ought to have straps to ensure that the wheel stays in the block. When I sprint, it’s pretty common for the wheel to twist, come up, and slightly out of my current…

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