I love my team, I love each single one of them. And most of them I never met. What is incredible is that we start knowing each other to the extent we don’t care to get exposed.
Zwift racers like sharing fun moments before and after the races. If there is one part I enjoy big time it is the five minutes before the start of a TTT, when all team members are going back to their particular routines and you witness it through the Discord channel.
The captain checking everyone joined the event and is in the pen: “So you stop pedaling 30 seconds before the countdown otherwise you will cross the starting line and we will be disqualified, we go in 5 minutes afterwards, Jack and I put the timer, we tell you when it is time. Is everybody in the pen? I see only three of you, who is missing?” That last sentence is great, because obviously the one missing by default cannot answer because he’s not there, but next time the captain will ask the very same question…
You also have the superstitious one shifting gears one by one seven times up and down because one time, in 2004, he did it and finished second in the race crowning the champion of his neighborhood. Still to date his best result in his career. He does that in silence and almost hiding himself, because he is ashamed of it, however, he can’t prevent shifting the gears…
The Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder one: “Towel check, Isotonic drink check, Discord channel connected check, cereal bar check, shoes tightened check, Zwift Companion opened check, Bluetooth true wireless connected check, shoes laces adjusted check… Did I connect to Discord? Need to start again otherwise the world will come to an end before the start of the KOM. Towel check, isotonic drink check, Discord channel check…”
The one pretending not to be nervous and singing out loud totally out of tune: “………And I said, oooooooooooooooh, I’m blinded by the liiiiiiiiiiights. No, I can’t sleep until I feel your touch! I said, ooooooooooh, I’m drowning in the niiiiiiiiiiiiiight. Oh, when I’m like this, you’re the one I trust!”
The one reminding all others the distance and gradients of each single minute of the circuit, and nobody listens: ” … so kilometer 1.6 you have 166 meters at 3%, then 280 meters at 6% remember cadence at 80 there, 4.5wkg for 6 seconds before we reach the flat, that is when Joe takes the lead at 4wkg for 35 seconds unless he gives the signal he is toast and then it is Jack leading. Now remember Jack does not like to push hard in the first half so better to be always aware, right guys? RIGHT GUYS!!!!?”
The one with connection issues on Discord and repeating one hundred times the same sentence as if it would change something: “Do you hear me? Do you hear me? I don’t hear you, do you hear me? Can someone text me in telegram if you hear me?! Do you hear me? I don’t hear you do you hear me? Do you hear me? Now do you hear me? I am disconnecting and reconnecting so you hear me but do you hear me? Do you hear me?”
What is fun is that each of us believes the routines of the others are exaggeratedly ridiculous while underestimating immensely the craziness of our own routine…
Can’t wait for next TTT.