I’ve always found cycling indoors to be incredibly boring, even if I’m watching a movie. Especially long rides of 2+ hours. That all changed when I found Zwift, which is a computer program that is revolutionizing the world of indoor training. Gone are the days of long, monotonous indoor rides. Zwift is an online cycling, running and physical training program that connects people in a virtual world like a video game. It allows users to ride in real time with other people from all over the world, either as structured training, group rides or actual races.
There are five courses:
- New York
Not only does it save time, but it eliminates obstacles encountered during outdoor rides, such as weather and traffic. Not to mention it’s much safer than riding on the street, especially in urban areas like New York City.
There are two different types of trainers that can be used with Zwift. A basic trainer, where you control the resistance by following the onscreen instructions and shifting gears. Or a “smart trainer,” which has a build in power meter and variable resistance that adapts to the virtual ride automatically, so when you are going uphill on-screen the resistance will increase, and it will decrease when you are going downhill. Miles per hour and distance is extremely accurate.
Like any game, Zwift has many neat features to keep users engaged. Players can customize their avatar and bicycle as they gain experience and awards. That includes wheels, helmet, sunglasses, socks, hair, and facial hair, along with bike clothing and bike parts.