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Not sure I would call it expertise. I do enjoy it and spend regular time in my garden but I don't think I would be able to add any signal you can't already find on the internet, instead of noise.
The Twits by Roald Dahl. Still have the same copy over 30 years later. Falling apart but I've passed it on to my girls and watching it have the same effect on them is priceless
Never been on a bike ride I didn't enjoy. Great for the body but also great for the mind and your headspace. Great work friend, keep it up
Great work mate! Keep moving forward, keep setting goals. Set a daily/weekly goal to help you stay motivated. Not hard to do 5/10 push ups a day, you can easily 10X your record from last year. Keep up the good work!
Wow IM! That's great, much respect. you obviously know all about training and training zones then, I'll stop ELI5 then!
Ok good questions. I would recommend doing an FTP test to begin with (the longer one, like an hour I think). If you do it well you won't want to do it again in a hurry, you should be empty when you're done. Reason for this is Zwift training (and cycling training in general) uses power as the metric of choice. Your FTP is theoretically your 60min Max power. All your zones will be based off this number (as you get fitter you will need to re-test to re-calibrate your zones. The zones are expressed in colours.
You will need to change gears on your bike just like you would if you were riding outdoors. The only time you won't need to change gears is if you are doing a training program on "ERG" mode. The trainer will automatically adjust the resistance to the exact wattage specified for that particular program
Great job mate. Glad to hear it. There are some workout plans on there if you have a specific goal in mind, or just want to follow along with a plan without thinking too much about the "when/how much" of it all. Best advice I can give is be consistent. Set yourself a weekly goal and do your best to stick with it. Don't go too hard too early, just pick an amount of riding that you can do week in week out for the whole year. Volume and consistency are the 2 biggest indicators of performance. I find music to be a big help on the trainer when I'm doing efforts, or I watch Netflix when I'm doing an hour of zone 2 (easy riding).
Yep great idea. I've used it myself when I'm tired/struggling for motivation. I tell myself I'm just going to the gym to stretch. Then after that I tell myself I'm just going to walk on the treadmill for 5min. Usually by then I've got the blood flowing and I get a whole workout done. Sometimes like you said it's only 5min but you've still made the effort, and reinforced the idea that just because you're tired doesn't mean you don't go. The mental strength you build in those times is worth it's weight in gold
Just finished my yearly distance goal on the bike of 8000km. Not a huge amount but with a young family it was difficult but still achievable. I'll try to add some tips that haven't been mentioned
  1. Set long term and short term goals. Short term keeps your accountable week to week and long term is your end goal (in my case I made sure I did 150-200km on the bike, which gave my week some structure and set me up to complete the yearly goal)
  2. Be vocal about your goal(s). Tell others and ask them to keep your accountable.
  3. Try to create as little friction between you and your health/fitness routine. That might mean putting your workout clothes out the night before, it might mean making sure you've got healthy options in the fridge, it might mean making sure your bike tires are pumped up and water bottles are full. Get organized so you're not faffing around and giving yourself time to make excuses.
This guy is intense. Worth watching. ex-occult satanist if i'm not mistaken. Talks a lot about what he calls natural law
anytime friend. this is my niche where I can actually provide value so i'm happy to elaborate and help where I can. Thanks for the massive zap
my man preaching the truth here. Consistency is key. Build that resilient mindset through regular application. Getting it done on days when you don't feel like it are especially important. Mind is all powerful.
I've done over 10 000km on zwift. It's a good platform. Great if you're not comfortable riding outdoors, or like to supplement your outdoor riding due to bad weather etc. All you need is a bike, a smart trainer of some kind (kickr, tacx etc) and the right cassette to fit onto the smart trainer(the group of cogs that are on your back wheel, i.e your bike has 10 cogs on the back wheel, get a 10 speed cassette for the smart trainer). You download the Zwift app either on your laptop, your phone or if you have something like apple TV you can get it on there. I've also used wahoo's alternative called Wahoo Systm, there are others called FulGaz , Trainer Road and Rouvy. There's no wrong answers here as to what platform is best. Zwift probably has the largest user base, and is the most "video-game" like experience. You can ride with friends who also have zwift and you can choose between a free ride around the zwift world, doing a virtual race with other Zwifters or doing a training program to target specific goals. You can YouTube something like "my Zwift setup/ideal Zwift setup" and you'll get hours of videos explaining it properly. The other platforms have their own advantages as well, some use real footage instead of computer graphics. You can often find smart trainers on marketplace or the like if you're not 100% on the idea and don't want to spend too much money, just get them to show you it works before you take it home. Personally I love it, i'm a keen cyclist with a young family so it's a great way to get some km's (miles) into my legs when life or the weather doesn't let me get outside. any newish smart trainer should work with Zwift. What happens is the bluetooth connection on the trainer talks to whatever you're running the Zwift app on and transmits the power/cadence data to your device
Fight club is one that sticks out in my mind.