#ZwiftBR

Originally posted to http://wbrent01.simplesite.com/437266224

Disclaimer: I received a free Zwift RunPod to the Motigo Training Plan to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out

BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

If you are here, that is because you probably found my website through one of my social media links. That should be an indicator that I like to be connected to the world.

I do.

I also like to social aspect of sport. I also have a high opinion of my own opinion and chose this venue to share it.

…but onto shoe pods.

While running has the tendency (or propensity?) to be a solo-sport; there is a community aspect to it, much like any other sport. One of the things which made me jump on the opportunity with Zwift was the idea that i could be connected to other runners when I am doing my own thing.

Another part of training, especially in Pennsylvania, ESPECIALLY in the winter is logging miles on the tread-mill. Now, I’m not a treadmill guy. I love the outdoors and would rather run in all sorts of weather than on a treadmill. That’s not to say there isn’t GOOD training which happens on a treadmill…I just don’t benefit from it. Partially because its not easy to chat with the person next to you on a treadmill, but also because it feels confined and kind of…. i dunno like I’m a lab rat.

I received the pod in the mail and went instantly to work. I downloaded Zwift on my computer and the companion app on my phone.

I put the battery in and tried to ‘wake up’ my pod by vigorously shaking my pod back and forth. My family thought I was spazing out.

My computer couldn’t find the pod.

I tried the companion app on my phone and it didn’t seem to connect either.

I got the pod to power on (little green light)

I got the phone to find the pod (connected as a Bluetooth device.)

I couldn’t get the phone to connect to the computer.

I contacted customer service and they said to make sure my phone and computer were on the same network….done.

I even turned the mobile data off.

I went and bought an external Bluetooth receiver to bypass the phone all together and go straight to the computer.

The app would not recognize the pod. I could connect to other devices with my computer so it wasn’t the Bluetooth receiver.

My Experience

I looked like a fool with my laptop and my phone and my foot pod in the gym.

I spent 30 dollars on a new Bluetooth adapter for the computer.

It took me a week to trouble shoot and reach out to Zwift to ask for help.

I was really looking forward to the community aspect of running and the ability ot run through London or the fictional Zwift Island.

Sadly, I was not a fan.

BUT

Check out some of my fellow BibRave Pro’s and use their expereince to help you make a call on the footpod thing.

Other BibRave Pros:

Jenn (The Marathon Lady)

Sdlogg

Stacia BK

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