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Zwift, anyone? (Read 131 times)


Princess Cancer Pants

    I'm getting (well, I already have, but still need to pick up a few things to make it work) a Wahoo KICKR for Christmas. The hubby got one, too (he's an only child and his mom is as much a fitness gear junkie as he is, so he didn't have too much trouble convincing her that we both need one, when they were recently on sale).

     

    Anyhow, I believe the run program is still in beta testing. Has anyone given it a try, yet? I think all it really requires is a footpod and HRM. I have a Garmin footpod, but we'll likely pick up an Apple TV for the basement for me to run Zwift on (DH has a dedicated computer and monitor that he is using, I would use our existing basement TV, then we could ride together).

     

    I'm still trying to sort out which doohickies will work with what. I'll need an HRM, but am trying to avoid chest band ones. My sports bras all have underwires and I have a high waist and narrow ribcage, so I envision a chest strap creeping down to my waistline. Years ago we bought my MIL a Scosche armband HRM. That seems like the most doable solution, there. I don't think the HRM on my Garmin Vivoactive HR will transmit (and eventually I'm likely going to ditch the flaky-cakes Garmin for an Apple watch).

    '18 Goals:

    • Recover from 2017

    • Surgery in March

    • Continue showing Cancer that it's not welcome back. Ever.

    • Rebuild to racing and big running & biking miles in 2019

     

    Getting the wind knocked out of you is the only way to

    remind your lungs how much they like the taste of air.    

         ~ Sarah Kay

      I haven't but would be curious to hear from someone who has...

      And you can quote me as saying I was mis-quoted. Groucho Marx

       

      Rob


      Princess Cancer Pants

        I haven't but would be curious to hear from someone who has...

         

        The Zwift Run beta testing is free...I'll be curious to see what pricing will be like once it's in regular release. Not sure if it will be included with the bike version or its own entity. I hope it won't be extra -- it's not the cheapest thing, but at least it's a month-to-month membership. I don't know if I'd keep my account active year-round. If the weather is crappy in the Summer, then I'm inclined to take a rest day, rather than workout indoors.

        '18 Goals:

        • Recover from 2017

        • Surgery in March

        • Continue showing Cancer that it's not welcome back. Ever.

        • Rebuild to racing and big running & biking miles in 2019

         

        Getting the wind knocked out of you is the only way to

        remind your lungs how much they like the taste of air.    

             ~ Sarah Kay

          I guess I haven't done enough research on it to figure it out. I also have the garmin foot pod and should look into it this winter as the weather gets less than stellar here in Minnesota.

          And you can quote me as saying I was mis-quoted. Groucho Marx

           

          Rob


          Princess Cancer Pants

            I guess I haven't done enough research on it to figure it out. I also have the garmin foot pod and should look into it this winter as the weather gets less than stellar here in Minnesota.

             

            Winter is pretty much starting tonight, in MI!

            '18 Goals:

            • Recover from 2017

            • Surgery in March

            • Continue showing Cancer that it's not welcome back. Ever.

            • Rebuild to racing and big running & biking miles in 2019

             

            Getting the wind knocked out of you is the only way to

            remind your lungs how much they like the taste of air.    

                 ~ Sarah Kay

              So, just doing some research on this -- is there an adapter that is needed so that the standard ant+ foot pod can communicate with zwift? I was trying to connect using my iPhone and it doesn't find the device? Or is there some other trick I am missing?

              And you can quote me as saying I was mis-quoted. Groucho Marx

               

              Rob


              Princess Cancer Pants

                Ant+ stuff *should* be able to play nice with Zwift, but not via most phones, just through smart treadmill or trainer or a computer running Zwift. With a standard treadmill Bluetooth stuff is the recommended form of transfer. I suspect that’s the issue. I think that was one of the the reasons that the latest Scosche armband HRM was looking ideal...Bluetooth running stride/cadence in addition to the HRM.

                '18 Goals:

                • Recover from 2017

                • Surgery in March

                • Continue showing Cancer that it's not welcome back. Ever.

                • Rebuild to racing and big running & biking miles in 2019

                 

                Getting the wind knocked out of you is the only way to

                remind your lungs how much they like the taste of air.    

                     ~ Sarah Kay

                  Ant+ stuff *should* be able to play nice with Zwift, but not via most phones, just through smart treadmill or trainer or a computer running Zwift. With a standard treadmill Bluetooth stuff is the recommended form of transfer. I suspect that’s the issue. I think that was one of the the reasons that the latest Scosche armband HRM was looking ideal...Bluetooth running stride/cadence in addition to the HRM.

                   

                  So a computer with zwift is going to be able to communicate with the foot pod?

                  And you can quote me as saying I was mis-quoted. Groucho Marx

                   

                  Rob

                  Anonymous Guest


                    It should. Before I got my smart trainer, I used an ant+ speed/cadence sensor on my dumb trainer and it worked fine.

                     

                    For running I use the Milestone pod. It's bluetooth and was only $25 or $30. TBH, the TM and Zwift isn't nearly as fun as the smart trainer and bike on Zwift. At least for me. But it's better than notZwift.

                    Coaching testimonial: "Not saying my workout was hard but KAREN IS EVIL."

                     

                    Upcoming races: Houston Half Marathon - January, Glass City Marathon - April

                    Since everyone else is blogging: http://karenrunsfar.blogspot.com/


                    Princess Cancer Pants

                      Karen, what are you using for HRM? I was wondering how the TM beta of Zwift is...I don't know anyone else who has used it.

                      '18 Goals:

                      • Recover from 2017

                      • Surgery in March

                      • Continue showing Cancer that it's not welcome back. Ever.

                      • Rebuild to racing and big running & biking miles in 2019

                       

                      Getting the wind knocked out of you is the only way to

                      remind your lungs how much they like the taste of air.    

                           ~ Sarah Kay


                      Princess Cancer Pants

                        Also, I'm totally mind-boggled by all of the different stuff I'm going to be trying to mentally keep track of for workouts, in the near future...Zwift for indoor workouts, Garmin for the bike outdoors, Apple watch for indoor and outdoor runs...trying to figure out how everything will work together. Will the Apple watch work for HRM and running pace/cadence indoors, or will it not transmit to Zwift/Wahoo trainer? I can't quite wrap my brain around stuff and DH can't answer a lot of my questions, since he doesn't run or use Apple devices. We'll almost certainly get me set up on an Apple TV as my Zwift computer. We have one upstairs and it works really well. WAY more reliable than the Chromecast, so it will be nice to have that downstairs, anyhow.

                        '18 Goals:

                        • Recover from 2017

                        • Surgery in March

                        • Continue showing Cancer that it's not welcome back. Ever.

                        • Rebuild to racing and big running & biking miles in 2019

                         

                        Getting the wind knocked out of you is the only way to

                        remind your lungs how much they like the taste of air.    

                             ~ Sarah Kay

                          It should. Before I got my smart trainer, I used an ant+ speed/cadence sensor on my dumb trainer and it worked fine.

                           

                          For running I use the Milestone pod. It's bluetooth and was only $25 or $30. TBH, the TM and Zwift isn't nearly as fun as the smart trainer and bike on Zwift. At least for me. But it's better than notZwift.

                           

                          Mine doesn't seem to recognize that there is a foot pod available to pair with.

                          And you can quote me as saying I was mis-quoted. Groucho Marx

                           

                          Rob

                          Anonymous Guest


                            Karen, what are you using for HRM? I was wondering how the TM beta of Zwift is...I don't know anyone else who has used it.

                             

                            Nothing. I don't train with one. My Garmin has HR, but it's really just something I look at after the fact.

                             

                            As for how everything works together....good luck. We both use our MacBooks connected to a big screen TV for zwift and I use my Garmin for outdoor runs. The only place everything shows up together is Strava, since I have both Zwift and Garmin Connect connected to my Strava account.

                            Coaching testimonial: "Not saying my workout was hard but KAREN IS EVIL."

                             

                            Upcoming races: Houston Half Marathon - January, Glass City Marathon - April

                            Since everyone else is blogging: http://karenrunsfar.blogspot.com/

                              I used Ant+, Garmin FootPod, HRM and  910XT watch with dumb TM couple of weeks ago - took me few minutes to make it work. Worked fine but I will not be using it again - not sure what the purpose of it - the whole experience of checking that man running on a computer made me feel even worse than just plain running on a TM (which is pretty bad too). I could see some value when using Zwift fr runners with a smart TM - changing incline, decline, speed, but for a dumb TM it is totally useless just adding to excruciating boredom, imho...


                              Princess Cancer Pants

                                The only place everything shows up together is Strava, since I have both Zwift and Garmin Connect connected to my Strava account.

                                 

                                I kinda hate Strava...but I may have to dust that account off. I lost a bunch of QOMs during the cancer BS...I hadn't used Strava in a few years, before that, but it just added insult to injury.

                                '18 Goals:

                                • Recover from 2017

                                • Surgery in March

                                • Continue showing Cancer that it's not welcome back. Ever.

                                • Rebuild to racing and big running & biking miles in 2019

                                 

                                Getting the wind knocked out of you is the only way to

                                remind your lungs how much they like the taste of air.    

                                     ~ Sarah Kay

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