Watts Up at Watopia: Holographic Replays


New content and new features coming for the next season of trainers. Hard to believe we now have something to look forward to when we ride inside. Following our preview of all the upcoming changes, let’s dive deeper into a highly anticipated feature: holographic replay.

Reminiscent of the ghost riders of beta days on Jarvis Island (boy, were they boring) and today’s translucent beat mates (who keep getting more useful), you’ll soon be able to load a previous ride on designated segments to ride with/against yourself. Detailed Zwift Insider which segments will be replayable.

However, chasing PRs and KOMs isn’t the only reason to load up a holographic replay as a driving partner. Here are some other potential uses:

Basic rides. Want to see if you have the same physical condition at the same time as last year? Go for a ride with your old self and compare the measurements at the end of the ride. Is your average heart rate or time in heart rate zones different from the previous ride? What does this tell you where you are in your training compared to last season with the same power demands as your holographic self?

Virtual equipment testing. Maybe you don’t have enough drops to buy the best virtual gear at your Zwift level. Maybe you don’t have enough drops to buy the fastest frameset and wheels. And maybe you want to test the difference between the virtual gear you have in your Zwift garage. You’ll soon be able to load up a holographic replay, match the watts from your previous ride, and see what a difference virtual gear makes.

Pre-event rides. Those final days before the big event you’re aiming for are often tough to negotiate – easy rides, but not too easy to stay open and prepared. Holographic replays across all ride segments could help you keep your ride within the parameters of what has worked for you in the past. In other words, holographic replays can help you roll easily when you need it by using your past as a reference and reminder.

That said, we older riders and masters need to be kind to ourselves. One of the graces of racing for over 30 years is NOT having power data from when we were at our peak. So let’s not let the holographic replay become the ghost of our old selves that haunts us.

Here’s what Slowtwitch has planned for the rest of the week.

Guest world schedule

Here are this week’s guest worlds, so you can plan to earn some of the route badges you’re missing:

Monday: Makuri Islands and New York
Tuesday: Makuri Islands and New York
Wednesday: Makuri Islands and New York
Thursday: France & Paris
Friday: France & Paris
Saturday: France & Paris
Sunday: Makuri Islands and New York

Slowtwich Indoors Event Preview (All Times Eastern)

Go to Zwift Events to register for these rides and races.

Monday Group race 100/100, 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Join us for a group run on the May Field virtual track that will kick off your week. Remember that each of the five driving workouts and five running workouts has a short and long option. Rather than canceling a workout when you run out of time, you can complete the short version while enjoying the benefits of the program.

Tuesday Ride of the Valkryies Workout (women only), 6:00 a.m.
This event is by and for women. This is a near no-drop structured rubber band workout workout that includes a warm-up, set of intervals, and cool-down.

Tuesday structured training, 7:00 p.m.
Our Tuesday ride features triathlon-focused cycling workouts written by professional coaches and athletes affiliated with Slowtwitch. Workouts are 60 minutes long and will help add variety and interest to your weekly training schedule.

Wednesday group race, 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.
A more scenic group ran on the Quatch Quest course.

Thursday Rise & Grind, 5:35 a.m.
This workout is a morning shuffle for the East Coast crowd. Do your homework before you go to work.

Thursday SWIFT Ride, 6:55 p.m.
The newest ride in the Slowtwitch Indoors family, Slowtwitch SWIFT (Strong Women, It’s Fun Together!) is here to bring another women-only ride into a slightly friendlier time slot. This hike will focus a bit more on strength-based work, so bring those climbing legs. But even if you feel more like Mark Cavendish in the Tour de France mountains, as long as you keep pedaling, you will stay with our group.

Friday Festina Slow, 9:00 a.m.
This structured workout is designed to get you ready for the weekend. Roughly translated as “make haste, slow,” Festina Lente offers a workout that will rev your engine while leaving some in the tank for those big races and races you have planned for the weekend. This hike is led by members of the Kanberra Cycling Team as the main tag.

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