23 August 2018
We received a lot of feedback from the 2017 Zwift Academy community that they wanted a way to compare their data to other riders in the Academy so they could see where they were sitting overall and also in their age category.
Based on this feedback we have developed a set of dashboards for the 2018 Zwift Academy where you can compare your results to other participants as well as track how you are doing as an individual. In this blog we will go through each section of the Zwift Academy dashboard separately and discuss what each widget is showing you and how you can use it to see improvements and progress.
** Please note, until you have uploaded some data to Today’s Plan you will only see sample dashboards. If you have completed activities that aren’t showing in Today’s Plan please check your Today’s Plan account is connected to Zwift at https://my.zwift.com.
Peak Power Curves
The first two widgets in the dashboard show you the peak power that you can produce and hold for a certain amount of time. The difference between the two graphs is the one on the left shows your power in watts and the one on the right is represented in watts per kilo.
The numbers on the left hand side of each graph show you the power produced, where as the numbers across the bottom show you the time you can hold that amount of power for.
Once you have had a look at your numbers (the blue line), you can then look at the orange line on the graph and see where you are sitting compared to others in the Academy.
You’ll notice in the top left of each panel there is a tab where you can choose to compare your data to the overall performance of athletes enrolled or just those in your age category.
By using the graph symbol on the right hand side of the graph it gives you some more options. Here you can chose the time period to include and if you want the orange line on the graph to represent the best of the Zwift Academy or the average of the Zwift Academy.
Peak Power Table
The peak power table will show you your performance and how you are progressing through each week of the Academy. The squares with the darkest colour represent your best efforts during the week and the percentage shows how you compare to other participants of the Zwift Academy. The number of watts and watts per kilo are the numbers you produced to achieve that result.
You can choose whether you’d like to view this table based on the best or average within the Academy and either Overall or Age using the drop down in the top left of the table.
Daily Time Series Graph
This graph shows you the amount of training that you have been doing over the past days, weeks, months or even years. You can click on the bars on the graph using the zoom icons on the right hand side and keep drilling down until you get to a single file. You will also notice that one of the bars in the graph is highlighted at a darker colour, this shows you where you did your highest training, distance or ascent. This chart gives you a good way of visualising your training progress, build and recovery.
Performance Index Ability Graph or PI graph for short!
The PI graph is unique to Today’s Plan and was developed by Dr Daniel Green, former head of Sports Science for the Trek-Segafredo world tour team. The graph works by looking at the rider’s recent peak powers across a variety of time durations from 3 seconds to 40 minutes. The algorithm then combines this information, along with the rider’s weight to provide the single number that is the Performance Index.
Basically, this graph is showing us our strengths and weaknesses according to the data in the system. This information can be useful in race situations, for example if you are strong in peak power then you could look at doing a strong sprint at the end of a race. It can also been useful to target weaker areas, for example if your long endurance is low you could focus on doing some longer endurance rides to improve that.
Recent Activities graph
This graph lists all of the recent activity files you have uploaded to Today’s Plan. Remember the more data that you have in the system, the more information you will be able to gain from all the above dashboard widgets. Today’s Plan is a multisport platform so you can log all your activities to us. Be sure to log all your outdoor rides as well and this will give you a better overall picture of your performance.
If you want to upload your historical files, here is everything you need to know about uploading your files to Today’s Plan.
Good luck with the Zwift Academy and get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are experiencing any problems or are in need of help.