Monday, March 9th, 2015 at
Back in 2011, I sat down to see if I could come up with a way to automate the creation of an ERG file to use with the Racermate software and my CompuTrainer that would synchronize with the Sufferfest videos. The ERG file format was documented, so all I had to do was come up with a model to convert Perceived Exertion to watts and record the times of all of the RPE changes in each video. I created a spreadsheet that anyone could use, as long as they knew their Functional Threshold Power. It was never intended to be scientific. It was just a way to use the technology I had to make sure I didn’t cheat during a Sufferfest workout.
4 1/2 years later, I am officially retiring the Sufferfest ERG Spreadsheet. In all honesty, I never expected there to be a lot of interest but the file has been downloaded from this site over 15,000 times since I first posted it. But, too many things have changed and I’m no longer capable of or, frankly, interested in keeping it up to date.
Once TrainerRoad added support for the CompuTrainer, I stopped using the Racermate software and spreadsheet to control my workouts. TrainerRoad is a better experience and added hundreds of other workouts as well as syncing with other workout videos I own. Last year I made the switch from the CompuTrainer to a Wahoo Kickr. It is quicker to set up/tear down, doesn’t tear up tires and works wirelessly with multiple devices. Also, as David at The Sufferfest came out with more and more new videos (and updates to old ones), I had to acquire videos I would probably never use, just to keep the spreadsheet up to date.
So, since I don’t use it and really have no way to test it, I’ve stopped upgrading the spreadsheet. Thanks to everyone who downloaded it and gave me feedback.
Sunday, November 17th, 2013 at
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.
Sunday, March 3rd, 2013 at
The 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.
Monday, January 21st, 2013 at
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.
Wednesday, January 16th, 2013 at
The 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.
Thursday, November 15th, 2012 at
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.