Sufferfest Blog

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Cycling Weekly in the UK just put The Sufferfest in their list of ‘Top things to do this month.’ It’s a real honour to be in that list, as Cycling Weekly is a top mag. I have to thank Lionel Birnie, who tested The Sufferfest draft version of The Downward Spiral and gave me some great feedback on how to improve it to its current form. I think I dreamed of being on the cover as a Tour de France winner, but being there as The Sufferfest is the next best thing! : – ) The videos have been for

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The Illustrious, Courageous, Insane Who Did The Double

There are those with courage. And there are lunatics. These are the folks who have completed the Sufferfest Double Challenge – that is, doing Downward Spiral and Fight Club back-to-back – to kick off the New Year of suffering with a bang and get their training off right! Do you have what it takes to do the double? C’mon, show us just how badly you can inflict pain on yourself. If you do it, put a comment on this page, or send me your name so I can put it up on our list of honorable sufferers! Amanda Singh, NSW,

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What’s coming up for The Sufferfest?

Happy New Year Everyone! Wow, what a great 2009. Thanks for supporting The Sufferfest. I went into this with quite a bit of worry and risk, but confident that this was the best work I could do, that it was the best way to motivate yourself to punish yourself on the bike, and that it was better than the other cycling DVDs, videos, etc. out there. You guys have been wonderful in your feedback and encouragement. Thanks. So, what’s in store over the next few months? Well, I’m going to take a few weeks ‘off’ working on videos as the

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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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