I think some of these things could be really helpful - in building a bit of community also.
I’ve gone with trainer road over zwift recently because of the focus on planned workouts however the other elements of zwift are good too. Having tried both It actually came down to this for me:
I was working harder on zwift BECAUSE it was more like being out cycling with folk BUT that was the problem. When I cycle with my group outdoors we are pretty undisciplined and tend to go out too hard etc. The ‘do what your told’ nature of trainer road apeals to me as I’m hoping it gives me the structure I need to actually make specific gains over time.
Did an FTP test at start of this week (starting sweetspot base 2 - low volume). 234. Honestly no idea what that’s even like but would love to see 30-40 gain over winter and plan to try and drop 4/5kg from Jan onwards. I went from 101kg to 93kg over summer this year. Have ‘settled back’ at 94kg at moment. I might start a three looking for some advice on first winter training season and what expected gains might be (following TR plans).
Bringing it back to topic again - I think events like the worldwide ‘Disaster’ day are a great idea. Like someone on that thread said - they are treating like a C event. It has def gave me something to train for. Even though in base phase right now it’s nice to have ‘an event’. I’m going to enter some road events for next year soon - to help aid my efforts at being consistent with the training this winter (have never trained over winter before).
Interested to hear the TR guys thoughts on this - from what I can tell, it’s not the absence of some of zwift features that make TR unique, but rather the focus on ‘making you faster’. Does this preclude having some further ‘social’ features.