I am not a fan of the Treadmill. In fact, I very rarely will run on one because I find it very boring and would much rather be outside no matter what the weather is. I was a bit skeptical to try out the Zwift app/foot pod when given the chance because I have a really hard time staying on the treadmill for even a mile without getting super bored and frustrated. So, I was surprised how fun it turned out to be. The miles flew by as well!
What is Zwift? It originally was created for the cycling world but has now branched out to the running world. It is a virtual experience that makes running on the treadmill interesting and fun! You purchase a pod for your shoe and install two apps (Zwift app and Zwift companion app) on your phone, tablet or laptop. The zwift app is what you use to watch your run and the companion app stores all of your stats, lets you add goals, connect with friends, create meet ups and join events. I tried to join a meet up with my friend Emily from Arizona but due to “user” issues on my part it did not work out. I ended up in a different location than Emily.
I am testing out the Android version so it is still in Beta. I use my phone which is a bit hard to see while running because of the smaller screen. I feel like a tablet would be a much better device to use. After a few runs with it I feel like I am getting better with figuring it all out and am up for trying another meet up. I did a tempo run with the BibRave crew which was fun.
I forgot calibrate my pod with the treadmill and app before starting so all of a sudden my avatar stopped running and I got left in the dust. I was able to calibrate it and get moving again but by then most people were way ahead of me and I couldn’t catch up. So, you really should make sure to calibrate so you don’t have issues with your avatar stopping, especially if you’re running with someone else. You also can type messages but it’s hard to do while running. I hope that in the future they add a feature that allows you to talk to each other. I think that would take this to a whole new level!
I did really like how a message scrolled across the screen telling me when and what speed to set the treadmill on for the tempo run. I’m anxious to try out some speed work with it and see how that goes.
There are different “events” that you can join as well as different paces and different distances. You can run in amazing locations that you might never get the chance to run in. You can join others that you don’t know as well as friends that are also zwifters. If you sign up to join an event or a meet up you’ll get a notification stating that it will be starting soon. You just click “join event/meet up” and you’re taken to a waiting area until the event starts.
You can customize your avatar and the more runs you do the more points you get and the more items you can unlock.
There is still so much more for me to learn about this app and I’m looking forward to running on the treadmill more (did I really just say that?) and experimenting with it. If you would like to become a zwifter too use code BIBRAVE15 to save 15% off a shoe pod. But hurry because it’s only good for the first 1,000 pods sold!