The Tour is over… 😦
For 9 days I joined about 1600 other riders from all over the world as we completed the Tour of Sufferlandria. It was a virtual tour that was done on our bike trainers in our own homes; but what was surprising was just how much we felt like we were doing it together. The premise behind The Sufferfests is that you will become a better cyclist through pain and suffering on the bike. While that may be true, in reality it is a really fun way to kick your own ass so you can beat others! Usually I dread my trainer time but since my recent adoption of TrainerRoad and this tour, I have found a new passion for my trainer time. Of course it also helped that except for 2 rides, Stuart and I did all the stages together. He has done a much better write up of each stage on his blog and the recaps on The Sufferfest website are awesome.
Total miles ridden were just under 200 miles in almost 13 hours (I had to do Rubber Glove twice)
You may have seen some extra chatter from me lately about Trainer Road, a great product you can use with your existing trainer set up to get more focused training out of your time. Well all my enthusiasm has landed me an Ambassador spot! (more to follow on that) I was a late adopter of this software and have really thrown myself into it over the last 7 days because of the Tour of Sufferlandria. Now I can see the error of my ways! Just look at the picture below. That is the same ride on the same trainer done 9 days apart. I put a line on both graphs at 16 mph to show you the difference in intensity. If you want success on your trainer, you really need to use Trainer Road.
Well at least in my humble opinion it will. If you don’t know what Trainer Road is it is an application that works with your Garmin sensors to give you virtual power while you are riding your turbo trainer. Obviously if you have a power meter it will work with that but I don’t have one of those…yet. I have dragged my feat about using this because there was a little extra set involved when you need to ride your trainer. I am a fan of just getting it done with as little hassle as possible. But once you get it set up properly there is very little you need to do at each ride.
Very recently I did the same Sufferfest Video, The Wretched; first without Trainer Road, and then with Trainer Road. See the graphs below…
I can see an increase in intensity as well as focused riding by using Trainer Road versus not using it. I feel like I am getting WAY more out of my time when I used this focused approach to my trainer riding. Why even get on the trainer if you don’t want to get something out of it!?
And, as you can see below, the data you get after doing a ride in Trainer Road is pretty awesome.
Well worth the $10/ month…in my opinion.
How can that not inspire you to kick your own a$$?!
I have had to use a bike trainer to get my cycling training in for a few years. I was turned on to a set of training videos a couple of years ago and they have been an absolute blessing (and a curse). The Sufferfest videos are an amazing set of training videos that use real cycling footage, expertly developed workouts, and amazingly entertaining stories to get you through some pretty gnarly trainer time. They are pure genius! Some I love (Hell Hath No Fury, A Very Dark Place, #ISLAGIATT, and There Is No Try) and some I am not a fan of (they are so damn hard!). If you have to use a bike trainer you must check out these videos.
My amazing Husband getting it done in our pain cave.
My turn to work!
This weekend I finally completed the last piece of perfecting my home pain cave for bike training. I re-enrolled in Trainer Road. I had used it briefly about 2 years ago but just found all the set up a bit cumbersome. I was space and equipment challenged at that time but now I have a better bike training set up. The awesome thing about Trainer Road is they translate your speed/cadence/HR data into power in real time. You can use the software to find your FTP and then all your workouts are based off of that! There are tons of good workouts to choose from in their library BUT they also integrate with the Sufferfest videos. PERFECTION!
The Trainer Road profile from The Sufferfest’s Revolver
Sufferfest and Trainer Road have paired up and this weekend we started the Tour of Sufferlandria. Along with 2200 other riders we are using the Sufferfest videos and Trainer Road to complete 9 days of suffering riding together across the world! It has been epic to say the least.
If you use a bike training to do any in home training I HIGHLY suggest you look at these two products. Both are very affordable and well worth your time.
My plans for the last couple of days of the year are above. My partner in Tri, Quadrathon, and I are gonna really earn our New Years Eve meals for sure! If you want to join the
torture fun check out the Sufferfest’s website to download the fun.