Riding on an indoor bike trainer is a fate I’ve accepted given the risk of riding on the roads with crazy drivers! I don’t always ride on my trainer, but it’s so much easier and better accommodates my later evening / night training routine. One thing though: it’s mighty freaking boring!
So … I picked up the suite of videos from The Sufferfest and decided to give them a try. These videos work with TrainerRoad.com, a computerized metrics management software that hooks up to all the cycling gear tracking various stats (power, heart-rate, intervals, intensity factors and others). It looks something like this:
I’ve only done a couple of rides with the videos. But so far, so good. They are somewhat entertaining, show a lot of footage of various cycling events (with great scenery), have good audio queues for when to step on the gas and smash the pedals or when to recover.
Today I rode the “Revolver” vid. This program is pretty painful, and consists of a decent warm-up, followed by fifteen 1 minute all-out sprints with 1 minute recoveries. Doesn’t sound bad, but by like interval 5, you’re seriously doubting yourself!
During the recoveries, though, they included these quotes, which literally had me laughing out loud. Awesome.
“He who suffers much will know much.” – Greek Proverb
“All that you suffer is all that you are.” -Smashing Pumpkins
“Know how sublime a thing it is to suffer and be strong.” -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“The only antidote to mental suffering is physical pain.” -Karl Marx
“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls, the most massive characters are seared with scars.” -Khalil Gibran
Just as I started thinking how deep these quotes were, and how applicable they were to my current day-to-day (albeit in a very, VERY “first world problems” way lol), POW, it was time for the next interval.
Happy pre-season 2014! May it bring nothing but suffering!