So, you’re on the Alpe du Zwift…crushing those watts like the pros. You’ve just passed the 1/2 way mark and the legs feel like they were made to do this then….suddenly…the resistance on the Neo just goes…
This is not uncommon and can happen for a number of reasons but in my case it was down to something i never considered until i used an online application called Zwiftalizer : https://zwiftalizer.com/
I often cycle on the Neo then run on my treadmill and started using the Zwift running add on just to keep my treadmill sessions a little interesting. I have a Garmin foot pod which links up to Zwift and a standard HR monitor.
So – whats this got to do with the Neo losing resistance in Zwift…
Well, until I stated to use the Zwiftalizer application I could not work out why the Neo was losing resistance. Zwiftalizer looks at the Zwift log and provides you with analysis of your PC / Mac performance during a session.
I realized that i was going out to my garage wearing my running shoes…when zwift started up it would connect to all my known devices, so even if i selected a ‘Ride’ it still connected to my Garmin footpod. The Garmin footpod was ‘woken up’ or activated when i put the shoes on and walked to the garage.
However, after a while of inactivity the Garmin footpod will just deactivate which, as you can see from the screen grab, caused a dropout on Zwift for a moment. Although the connections are quickly re-established the disconnect causes Zwift to lose its ability to control the resistance on the Neo.
Simple. When i start up Zwift i just went into ‘Run’ mode and ‘unpaired’ my Garmin footpod. This means that Zwift is no longer connected (well, its actually just listening) to the footpod while i have my Neo session. So, even when the Garmin footpod stops transmitting, it wont cause an issue for the Zwift / Neo resistance control.