Sufferfest Blog

A picture of Suffering!

Here is what Suffering looks like. Andrew, based in Germany, sent me his heart-rate profile chart after doing Fight Club. It gives you a pretty good sense of what you’re in for if you’re doing the workout. You can see the nice warm-up, then the rather moderate first lap (look how long it takes him to get his HR up, though!), then the four serious laps of racing – all with a HR above 170! And why aren’t the tops of those bit efforts flat? Because of all the surprise attacks – and you can see that Andrew was working

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Bring in the New Year the right way: full of suffering

The average person gains 5lbs/2.5kilos over the holiday period. I’ve gained a bit more than that, I think, despite my best efforts. So, time to do some work and set the right tone for 2010! I’m issuing a challenge to see who out there is real Sufferfest material! Here it is: Date: January 2nd Challenge: Ride Downward Spiral and Fight Club back-to-back in a 2hr indoor cycling purgatory What you have to do: Anytime on January 2nd, get on your bike, have plenty of water near-by, 2 clear hours when you won’t be interrupted, your computer/ipod/iphone or whatever you watch

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A few recent letters

I’m constantly so impressed with what people are getting out of The Sufferefst. And humbled that these videos have had such a profound impact on how people train indoors, in fact the very way they think about indoor training. I thought I’d share some of the emails I’ve received lately: – ” I am a 59 year old avid cyclist and I hate Winter when I am forced to use an indoor trainer. I despise training on an indoor trainer. However, I have all your free podcast training videos and have bought your two commercial products for for some reason

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Alternative ways to ride Fight Club

Fight Club is a very, very hard workout. If you don’t come out of it beat to hell, then you didn’t ride hard enough. And even if you did come out beat to hell. you probably learned a bit about your efforts that might make you ride it differently the 2nd time, and the 3rd time, and the…. But, that’s the beauty of Fight Club (and The Downward Spiral for that matter) – it takes time to figure it out. It’s not the kind of workout you’re going to get bored with. I’ve done it several times now, and I’m

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The Time-Crunched Cyclist

I’m not sure about you, but I suspect you might be a little like me: married, two kids, job, hobby that takes about as much time as a job, lots of personal interests that take up time and, oh yes, cyclist with aspirations of greatness that will never be realised because I don’t have enough freaking time to train! Or at least I didn’t. According to the new book by Chris Carmichael, The Time Crunched Cyclist, I can be fit, fast and powerful (his words – I like them!) in 6 to 8 hours a week. Sign me up! I

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Anyone wanna fight? Fight Club is live

There’s a long story to the creation of Fight Club, but I’ll give you the short one. Back in September, I made the three hour train ride from Zurich down to the world championship road race in Mendrisio back in September. While there I met up with the UCI while there to discuss how we might structure the rights to their races. Nicole and Tobias, my contacts at the UCI, were open minded about what I was trying to do, enthusiastic about The Sufferfest and eager to come up with something. And, as the race unfolded that day, I was

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Raising prices, oh no!

After spending the past month or so with my current download provider, I’m not happy with either the quality of service or download speed. Some of you have mentioned the long download times to me, and I’ve been listening. So, I’ve been looked around and found a new provider – so far, I’ve been extremely impressed with the quality of their service, and the download speeds I’ve seen in testing. The new guys are more expensive than my old provider, but I think it’s worth it to give you a better experience. It does mean that I’ll have to raise

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Sufferfest Tribute!

Paul C over at Daily Mile and the Sufferfest Facebook group just posted this video of his Bike Torture Chamber – and it features our very own Downward Spiral! My Torture Chamber from Paul C on Vimeo.

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On Sale December 21st: Fight Club

It’s gonna hurt.

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The Old Sufferfests

I’ve had a few folks who heard about the old Sufferfests from 2008 ask me if they are still around. Those videos, which, to be honest, are not really that good – I’m not very proud of the quality of work on them as they were my first attempts – had to be taken down. The rights owners to the video rightly asked me to remove them as I did not have the rights. Fair enough. I was able to negotiate and secure the rights to the new ones thanks to the cooperation of these rights holders and upon the

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