Somewhere during the race this morning, these words of encouragement popped up:
Wake up. Suffer. Work. Sleep. Repeat.
How much more of this can a person really take? Well, if my math skills hold up, just two more stages.
Tomorrow will be a long and hard ride. A very dark place with nine hammers. Toughest stage on the tour.
I’ll need to eat more of these:
Stage 6 is behind me. Only three more stages to go on this Tour of Sufferlandria.
Strong on the bike this morning. I did load up on carbs last night and went to bed at 9:30pm so perhaps that helped.
I still have some legs. Three more stages though. And the last two are brutal.
A friend reminded me that some races can be even more brutal than the Tour of Sufferlandria. Take stage three of the Volta La Marina in Benidorm. The riders were literally blown off their bikes. Some tried to continue by putting their feet down to keep moving.
Is that suffering? Putting your feet down during a race?? In the Tour of Sufferlandria, we keep going. No matter what!
After completing 5 stages of this 9 stage tour, I can tell that my legs are beginning to have a very difficult time keeping up. No recovery during this race.
I have learned to suffer but there is much more suffering to do.
Like, 4 more stages of suffering!
“We must all suffer one of two things: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret.” — Jim Rohn
If you ride the Tour of Sufferlandria, you suffer everything.
Stage 4 is behind me. 5 more stages to ride.
I am noticing a few interesting changes since I started the tour.
The first is that I am going to bed much earlier. Closer to 9pm than 10pm. I am also still following my core conditioning program so I am pretty much spent by early evening.
The second is that I really feel great. As in totally awesome.
With this much effort being spent on the various stages with no recovery days, my body is releasing a lot of endorphins. These endorphins help to reduce the feeling of pain. But they do much more than that. They trigger a positive feeling in the body. Much like a drug.
Bring on the next stage.
Stage 3 was a shorter stage. Only 48 minutes of suffering this morning. Funny, it seemed like a lot longer than 48 minutes.
Especially the last 5 minutes.
6 more stages. And then I can get a recovery day.
By the way, as some of you have asked, yes this is a tour for charity. I am racing the Tour of Sufferlandria to support the Davis Phinney Foundation for Parkinson’s.
Cruel and unusual punishment.
That is all I have to say about Stage 2.
I was worried about this one.
4 big climbs (15 min, 20min, 20min, 8min) and a sprint into the finish.
A great endurance ride.
Stage 1 is also the longest stage on the Tour of Sufferlandria. Could I hold out for that long?
My bike computer told me that I covered 63 kilometres in the two hours. I burned about 1,200 calories. And I made it to the finish line!
The last 20 minutes or so were definitely the hardest.
Stage 2 is a hard racing stage. Revolver times two. The Sufferfest describes Revolver this way: Simple. Brutal. Uncomplicated.
More fun tomorrow.
This morning I did one round of Revolver. Tough workout. On Sunday I will have to ride that video two times in a row.
I can barely walk today.
Tomorrow will be a rest day to get ready for the Tour of Sufferlandria. The Tour starts on Saturday.
Stage 1 will be a 2-hour climbing ride. ISLAGIATT — it seemed like a good idea at the time — will certainly test the legs. I plan to ride this stage as early as I can on Saturday so that I can get as much recovery before the highly challenging Stage 2. Stage 2 will be held sometime on Sunday. Whenever I can muster up enough courage to get back on the bike.
I will post the details of each stage as I go. That way you can enjoy the prospect of me suffering.