What I Should Have Added When Making 2020’s Zwifting Goals

What I Should Have Added When Making 2020’s Zwifting Goals

While making my Zwifting goals for 2021 I realized some of them come from not doing my 2020 goals well. Mainly, my Couch to Route Hero challenge could have been so much better!

We’re all in this Zwift community together so I hope you find this list of mistakes will keep you from making the same ones. Here’s what I didn’t get right last year–

#1: Core workouts

I said it often, “I need to do more core strengthening exercises.” Even doing ONE would have been more than what I was doing. Strengthening my core would have meant better form while Zwifting and less of the pains that come with poor form and/or a weak core. This one is key! I know that now.

#2: Rolling Out My IT Band

I am now suffering from bursitis and tendonitis of the IT Band. Had I rolled it out regularly I don’t believe I would have these problems. (Keep in mind, I’m not a doctor or coach. Do what’s best for your body, get advice from an expert for your own situation.)

#3: Stretching

I did some stretching, but usually only after really long rides. I should have stretched much more often, and held those stretches for much longer. 

#4: Extending Grace to Myself

Toward the end of my Route Challenge (when 11 weeks turned into 13!) I found some weeks took 10-15 hours of riding! I should have given myself more grace to extend the whole challenge out even longer. Fewer rides each week toward the end would have meant it took longer, but it would have been less difficult on my body.

My chiropractor knows what he’s talking about: “if you want to stay out of my office, don’t add more than 10% each week!” Just because I made a plan doesn’t mean I have to finish it out exactly how I started.

To see a list of what I did right check out the wrap up of the challenge I completed in 2020.

What about you?

What are your Zwifting goals this year? What did you learn last year that could help others as they make their Zwifting goals for 2021?

About The Author

Monica Schlange

Monica wears many hats but the two most important to her are: Mom of two teens, and Wife to Zwift Insider editor Eric. A casual cyclist, her resolve is stronger than her legs, which still gets her pretty far! She enjoys trying new things on Zwift that others find intimidating so she can write about the experience and inspire others to push themselves as well.

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Jeff Kryvicky
Jeff Kryvicky
2 months ago

Hey! I just wanted to thank you and Eric for putting this challenge together. I’m on week 5 now, your write-ups as you went through it are helping immensely. Knowing what to expect is super helpful. I was pretty out of shape at the beginning of this, but it has been amazing going from dreading 3 bidons to looking forward to 4 bidons. Not looking forward to PRL full – I’m not a masochist!. But at this rate, I’m pretty sure I’ll be ready for it. I have been taking a #4 approach to help with knee pain, and not… Read more »

Monica Schlange
Monica Schlange (@mmisc)
2 months ago
Reply to  Jeff Kryvicky

That’s awesome, Jeff! Thanks for sharing! By the end of the challenge I was the strongest I’ve ever been my entire life! And you have the bonus of a few more routes in there than I had! Ride on!

Thomas Chew
Thomas Chew
2 months ago

Hey Monica,
I share much of the same goals for 2021 in particular stretching and core strength. One other item for me I need to clean up my diet. Still many thanks for the encouragement offered during the couch to hero series and for organizing the PRL-Full ride which was fantastic!

Brandon
Brandon
2 months ago

2020 has been a strange year for most of us. I’ve not ridden outside side 31/09/2019. I went cabin crazy a long time ago but needs must and all. I’m interested to see how mabits change moving forward. Riding indoors can be boring if you don’t have goals, but it is also great for building and maintaining fitness. I think in 2021 I will ride more indoors on work nights throughout summer than I have before (COVID) as these hours will yeld greater fitness result. I enjoyed your badge hunting posts from early i the year and he exchanged a… Read more »

Dan Connelly
2 months ago

recommendation which will hit all four goals @ once: yoga. I love the youtube classes from Sean Haleen (no ads, voluntary tip), for example: super-detail-focused yet un-intimidating. But there’s many options. Nice thing about yoga is poses are integrated, rather than doing isolated stretches, and simultaneously work core muscles and add to balance (useful riding IRL) and being calm in the moment (useful in races, indoors or out).

Andrew
Andrew
2 months ago
Reply to  Dan Connelly

Agreed, I’m glad I’d been doing yoga prior o lockdown and so can do some from memory – find it especially suitable after a race for stretching while bringing my heart-rate down in a controlled manner

yousuf kazmi
yousuf kazmi
2 months ago

Good List!
I too had an IT band issue, turned out I had my seat post 10cm/ half inch too high, dropped the saddle height a touch and the problem went away. Also seems ther are 2 views on rolling IT bands. do it & never do it..!

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Matt 3595 (@straightlineboy)
2 months ago
Reply to  yousuf kazmi

I was going to post something similar, you can use a roller on muscles around the IT band but I’m fairly sure you’re not supposed to roll the IT band itself

Simone Chiaretta
Simone Chiaretta (@simone)
2 months ago

Looks exactly like something I say to myself every year:
more core, more stretching, keeping it cool

James Eastwood
1 month ago

Don’t foam roll your IT band, whatever you do! roll the supporting muscles, but IT problems are usually solved by glute strengthening. Body weight squats, core strength and mobility work, and hip flexor stretches help too.

Sue
Sue
1 month ago

Thanks so much for sharing your story. Zwift can be overwhelming with all the options, so I really appreciate the insider info you & Eric have provided! Happy riding!

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