Andrej Filip: New to Zwift

Like many of you, QCF’s own Andrej Filip is new to indoor training in the modern era of Zwift. We caught up with him to ask him for his advice for those just starting and why it has taken him so long to get on board!

Andrej, welcome to Zwift! Can you describe your setup and equipment for us?

I am using second hand Tacx Neo trainer. I haven’t tried the others but this one works good for me –  silent, sturdy and responsive. I just need to remove the back wheel and attach the bike, plug it in and that’s it. I am using a recent Windows laptop which has Bluetooth 4 built in so it connects to the Neo without any other device. I am using the 7 day trial version of Zwift, but will for sure now subscribe. The other essentials: I just bought a fan, I have a water bottle and a towel.

What got you started?

I was a good junior rider but now I don’t ride a bike enough. As you know I am normally extremely busy with events but that has almost stopped now. I have time and want to do some exercise. I saw there are some activities happening and I called Neil and coach Szymon to give me some advice on how it works. I would suggest for others to also check with friends for advice and help in setting up.

What were your first impressions?

This is fun, much better than only riding on a trainer, something that will be useful not only during the situation we are in now, but also for dusty and extremely hot days during summer.

And what are the benefits to you?

You can ride anytime it suits you. Since I didn’t ride at all, or do any activity, I want to get fit. First thing I did was an FTP test, and from here I set up a goal of doing some base training first few weeks and later step up and do some sessions which will hopefully result in getting competitive. I hope I’ll do some races. The system has similar ability grading to our RAM league races – groups from A to D depending on your fitness level.

Did you face any problems getting onto Zwift?

Not really, I checked some videos and listened to advice and it was easy.

What are your tips for new Zwifters?

Take it step by step. Find a suitable place where you can set up the trainer, cool, with a table for your laptop, iPad, TV or other device. First just do a ride, to get a feeling. Get some music on and have fun. Later on start exploring the gamification that Zwift offers to motivate you to ride further or faster. Explore the apps that are connected to Zwift – Zwift companion and Zwift power are useful for the meet up rides and races. I’ve started looking at the structured workouts and training plans to make my next steps forwards.

Finally, why DID it take you so long to join the Zwift party!?

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