Weekly Review May 11th – 18th 2020

Usually Zwift sends me an email summarising my activity for the previous week. For previous weekly reviews click here.

It might be too early in the day at the time of writing, but yet again I haven’t had my Zwift stats email this week.

Last week consisted of five days riding. These rides were as follows:

This was one of the busiest weeks I’ve had on the bike in a long while, and that’s largely down to having a lot more free time as of late.

There are some inconsistencies in the stats over this week and last, which I will cover as we go through.

Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been changing things up every few rides with the way that I’m measuring my stats.

Mostly this has been in changing from using the Tacx Neo 2 to the Favero Assioma DUO pedals as my power source.

And from changing the crank length value from 170, to 172.5, and back to 170.

This has definitely led to discrepancies with power readings.

I’m happy with my current setup at this point. It’s been a bit of a crazy adventure making these changes, and in doing so I’ve definitely skewed the stats upwards. So taking this into consideration I’m aware that most of this week’s riding has been misreported on the high side.

This is very evident from the two graphs below.

I’m glad I was able to get the new settings in place before the Alpe du Zwift racing climb as this was most definitely the hardest ride of the week and a true test of where I am currently at in terms of performance.

My only regret here was not resetting the FTP value back to 214w prior to doing this ride.

What was amusing, to say the least, was that after the Alpe ride, the Garmin summary for the ride came out as “unproductive”. Probably my best ever ride and the Garmin thought I’d underdone it.

The reasoning for this is that with the inflated figures from the last ~14 days, the FTP setting on the Garmin is higher than it ought to be. And again, I’d not reset it back. So I’m guessing it deduced I’d put in a solid effort, but under all my pre-existing figures, and therefore decided the whole thing had been a right waste of time. Jackpot.

Whilst the Alpe ride was likely the most physically beneficial effort of the week, my favourite ride had to be my trip up Beacon Fell.

I managed to get up Beacon Fell twice last week. First on the bike, then immediately the following morning with the kids in the car. Love it up there. Such a beautiful, blissful place. If this alleged heatwave materializes this Wednesday then I’d love to get back out on the bike. Though this time I’m thinking of heading out towards the coast instead.

Honestly I couldn’t have been happier with my time on the bike last week. I put in a lot of effort in all of the Tour rides, and I feel the ends justified the means. I have to say I’m less interested in the remaining rides of the Tour at this point, but I’ll see it through regardless.

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