Violator and ISLAGIATT

ViolatorISLAGIATT

The Sufferfest ERG Spreadsheet has been updated to include support for Violator and ISLAGIATT.  If you don’t have the videos yet, you can purchase them at TheSufferfest.com.

I’m not convinced that using an ERG file with Violator is the best idea.  It will work with a Computrainer but the sprint segments are very short and there is a small amount of lag as the resistance changes.  The workout might be a more realistic sprint workout in “Slope” mode, varying cadence, slope and gearing instead of resistance.  I plan on playing around with the slope percentage and switch from the large to the small chainring between the sprint and recovery sections.  I want to be able to generate as much power as possible for the length of the sprint segment and not have the resistance ease up to artificially keep me at a calculated 10/10. But, the ERG file is ready if you want to go that way.

I have to say, recording the timing for 64 sprints in Violator was more than a bit tedious.

Blender

BlenderCoverArtThe newest Sufferfest video, Blender, has been released and the Sufferfest ERG Spreadsheet has been updated.  The new video is 1 hour, 40 minutes long and the workout was designed by Neal Henderson.  Neal is an Elite Cycling and Triathlon Coach at the Boulder Center for Sports Medicine and coaches Taylor Phinney.

The video is also presented in partnership with the Davis Phinney Foundation for Parkinson’s.

 

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The Wretched

Wrenched
The Sufferfest ERG Spreadsheet has been updated to version 5 and includes support for The Wretched.

The video is 49 minutes long and includes 2011 and 2012 Tour de France footage.

Tour of Sufferlandria

The SufferfestThe Tour of Sufferlandria starts on January 26th.  If you are still using my ERG spreadsheet with your CompuTrainer (instead of TrainerRoad), I’ll be adding the erg file for The Wretched this week.  Stay tuned.

 
Don’t forget to pay attention to your maximum percentage setting.  Some of the Sufferfest videos can be next to impossible to complete if you have it set too high.

 

There Is No Try

The Sufferfest ERG Spreadsheet has been updated to version 4 and includes support for the lastest video, There Is No Try.

Lately I have switched from using the ERG files with Racermate’s new software.  It’s definitely a step up from the original CompuTrainer software but I’m using TrainerRoad with my Sufferfest videos.

 

RUSA R-12

R-12 MedalLast weekend I completed one of the cycling goals I set my myself earlier this year.  Between the crash in March and the virus in June, the rest of my cycling goals had to be set aside.  But, on Columbus Day, I rode a solo 200k permanent to complete an R-12.  In the big picture, it’s not all that tough but it does require some persistence and a willingness to ride long rides, even when it’s cold outside.

I completed at least one 200k brevet or permanent per month for 12 consecutive months, starting in November 2011.  I rode in Ohio 11 of those months and did a ride in Kentucky for the 12th.  I did an extra ride in February while visiting family in southeastern Pennsylvania.

Five of the rides were solo rides and I am very sure I like riding with other people better than I like riding alone.  But, it is tough to put together a group for a long ride and keep everyone together.  Thanks to Don & Phyllis, Joe, Amanda, Scott, Roy, Mike, Ned, Dave, Larry, Ross and the other riders I shared some miles with this year. I’m not sure about committing to another R-12 until I see how the winter weather works out.  But, I’m not ruling it out.

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