Happy 1st Anniversary

Today marks exactly one year of Zwift membership, and that also means exactly 1 year since I got my bike set up – though very much improperly – and took my first tentative pedal strokes on Zwift.

I never blogged the first three rides I did. I had enough on my plate, I guess, and I also didn’t take any screenshots or things of that nature. I was but a very unfit newb.

My first ever ride was on Innsbruck.

Being complete unaware of what lay ahead, I set out – very slowly – and meandered up towards the forward KOM. I didn’t even make it to the start of the KOM before I was strongly questioning what the hell I was doing thinking this cycling thing was a good idea.

Oh my.

I did try my first attempt at a “sprint” – by which I thought that was spinning really fast, and maxing out at 417w.

In my defense, the bike wasn’t even secured to the trainer. Tortunately I was so weak that my sprint exertion didn’t rock my bike off the trainer.

Realising that climbing was going to take some practice, I swapped over from Innsbruck to Watopia. Heading out on the flat route, I didn’t make it a full lap before I was done and dusted for the day.

Oof, top work me.

Again, in my defense there was a lot of problems to be solved in these early rides. I had very little idea what I was doing. But clearly, I was extremely unfit. I knew that much.

The first two rides had been on the Friday night.

When Saturday came I was still very much struggling to get the bike and trainer set up correctly. I made another effort to ride on Innsbruck. This time I made it to the start of the KOM before I very rapidly, and very sadly totally blew up.

Man alive, those stats.

L. O. L.

On my third day I started blogging.

And whilst it’s been a hard journey, I am so grateful that I took the time to document my progress in such depth, as it really is eye opening to realise how unfit I was, how far I’ve come, and hopefully how far I can still yet go.

Here’s to another year!

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