I have been using the Suffestfest videos for guided indoor cycling training for a little over 6 months. There is something about chasing professional cyclists for an hour that makes the workout on a trainer bearable; as well as the awesome music and outstanding commentary. So when I heard that The Sufferfest was doing an all women video I wasn’t quite sure it would have the same draw for me…I was totally wrong. I wanted to kick those chicks a$$es more than when I ride against the dudes!
First of all I generally train for endurance events (marathons and soon my first full Ironman) so I am not great with workouts that are about short fast intervals. My body doesn’t work that way. I think that is why I liked this Sufferfest so much. It was broken up into four stages (the Tour of Sufferlandria) and the two middle stages were both 20 minutes each. That length of effort works really well for me. They both were broken up enough to keep you on your toes with breakaway efforts, hill climbing, and of course sprints. This Sufferfest, of all the ones I have ever done, really had me feeling like I was in the race. When you do it you will understand…
Here are the details of the workout:
- 3:30 Warm-up
- 5:30 Stage 1: Easy, flat terrain at effort level of 6/10 with a few accelerations
- 20:00 Stage 2: Rolling terrain with a series of attacks as the pack tries to take the lead from you
- 6:00 Recovery
- 20:00 Stage 3: More rolling, attacking racing in which you try to break away to get the lead back
- 4:00 Recovery
- 3:30 Stage 4: Team Time Trial in which you have to crush yourself in order to take the lead, and the Tour of Sufferlandria victory
- 6:00 Recovery, featuring Mental Training Reflection from Athlete’s Audio
It really was the best workout I have done from the Sufferfest. It had a story that took you from the start to the finish. I really wanted to make the Sufferlandria team proud (and I didn’t want to be boiled!) You must pay attention to the interview during the second recovery period, and enjoy the Mental Training Reflection at the end. The music was great, the workout was challenging but rewarding, and the footage during the team time trial was amazing! It is well worth your time because it really simulates real racing scenarios and give you an awesome workout!