Another stage completed at 100% intensity.
Definitely felt the cumulative impact of back-to-back high intensity efforts.
I had no choice but to dial the intensity back for the week-end.
Got through Stage 6 at 100%. It was tough but short. I can handle high intensity workouts when they are only 40 minutes or so. It is the long, punishing high intensity efforts that scare me. Like Stage 9. Three hours of suffering.
I can hardly wait.
Bereda Training has a great post on how to withstand the misery of the Tour of Sufferlandria. If you haven’t seen the metrics that most cycling enthusiasts use to track their workouts, then it may come as a bit of a shock to see all of the data underneath the misery.
I don’t need all of that data to know that the Tour is miserable. I can feel the misery!
The only way to withstand the misery of the Tour is to finish all of the stages. And I will finish all of the stages.
A vomit bucket might help though for when it gets too miserable.
Stage 7 awaits this evening.
You can see how this nasty workout progresses with five discrete high intensity efforts that run six and a half minutes each. I got through the first one at 100% intensity and I knew that there was no way I could finish the workout at that level. Not with the cumulative impact of the past 4 stages.
I did the second one at 95% intensity. Almost didn’t finish.
Down to 90%. And then 85% for the balance.
Awful. Just awful.
I felt broken coming off the bike. Probably wasn’t help by a stressful day at the office. I came into the workout with a poor attitude. Sufferfest videos are largely a mental game. Physically I can get through them. Mentally, though it can be tougher. Much, much tougher. Must stay in the moment.
This is a powerful video and well worth the 20 minutes if you are into endurance sports although it readily applies to other areas of life. The Ted talk is described this way:
Mind over Matter? Ned Phillips explains the idea of peak performance in what he calls ‘the power of now’. His entire career, he never realized the importance of the mind until he partook in endurance races, in which the realization struck, your mind has to take over, and focus not on the past, not the future, but only the present, and naturally your body will follow.
A bit late getting my stages posted to the blog. Stage 4 was held two days ago. I did Stage 5 yesterday and Stage 6 is coming up in a few hours.
Like Stage 3, I was able to tackle Stage 4 at 100% intensity. The recovery times were long enough that I didn’t have that much trouble with the session. Not as easy a spin as Stage 3. Not anywhere near as difficult as the first two stages.
I am definitely feeling the effects of all the spinning on consecutive days. I generally spin 2 or 3 days on and 1 day off. And I always follow plans that are a bit more balanced than the Tour of Sufferlandria (e.g., hard rides followed by recovery rides versus mostly pain and suffering rides).
What will Stage 5 be like?
Never a good idea to think about Sufferfest videos in advance.
I hate to say this. Especially about a Sufferfest stage. But this one was, er, rather easy.
No issues going at it with 100% intensity. In a way, it felt more like a recovery ride compared to the pain and suffering from the first two stages.
Not feeling all that great today though. Definitely reacting to the first two stages and I would not describe my anticipation for Stage 4 as being enthusiastic. It will be a harder ride. I am going to try and go at it with 100% intensity.
Almost time to suffer.
Two stages down. Seven remain.
There are four ways to ride the Tour of Sufferlandria. Given that I am in the middle of a training program, I have opted for the Focused option:
3. THE FOCUSED OPTION
Take this option if: You want to ride a good Tour, but don’t want it to compromise your goals a little further down the road.
Like any pro cyclist, you have goals that might not line up with the race you’re about to do. You need to ride the event out of a patriotic loyalty, but want to do so in a way that doesn’t destroy you for other goals down the road or derail you from your current training plan too much. If that’s the case, then take this option. The Focused Option has you identify the stages that suit your strengths (as determined by your 4DP profile) and ride them at 85-90% intensity, with all other stages done at 70-80% to keep you on track post-Tour.
Recovery from the Tour of Sufferlandria with the Focused option is about 5-6 days. The so-called Nuclear option, going full out at 100% for all nine stages, could take 7-10 days to recover and it can significantly increase the risk of getting sick.
The Focused option it is then.
But, I completely forgot about the intensity levels for Stage 1. I did the first hour and twenty minutes at 100% intensity and then I had no choice but to back it down to 90% to finish the last two races of that brutal opening.
The Sufferfest training app controls the resistance, not me. Gone are the days of RPE and going by feel. If the intensity isn’t set properly, the Sufferfest app will not care. Suffer away!
I was surprised at how quickly things fell apart towards the end of that first stage on Saturday. I came off the bike totally spent.
I had to bring out the foam rollers to get some relief in my legs. And then I simply flaked out for the balance of the evening.
Sunday wasn’t a whole lot better. I did the first hour of Stage 2 at 80% intensity and then the second hour of Stage 2 at 95% intensity. Just so brutal.
I will be riding Stage 3 after work today. I finished Stage 2 at around 7pm on the Sunday and there was no way I could tackle another stage at my usual 6am riding time.
I’ll go at Stage 3 at 100% intensity (I think).
And then I need to dial things back a bit. The stage I am most worried about is the last stage. It clocks in at 3 hours. The longest I usually hit a bike with indoor spinning is about 2 hours. Adding another hour to these savage workouts will be a real test of stamina regardless of intensity.
Gmail was announced on April 1st, 2004. I was fortunate to receive an invitation to be part of the initial beta phase and I officially started my Gmail account on June 22, 2004.
I was able to set up accounts for my family at the time except for my youngest son. He was so young that he was not yet on a computer and it did not seem relevant. Years later he had to create his Gmail account by substituting a letter with a number. Someone with his name had already taken a Gmail account.
Over the years, several Richard Cleavers have tried to get a Gmail account. For whatever reason, some Richard Cleavers use my email address to register for services and I receive emails from Mercedes-Benz dealers in Utah, bills from Atlantic Broadband somewhere in the United States and travel agencies in Europe as well as from many other companies I do not know. I even had a lengthy argument with one person who kept sending me all sorts of personal updates about their family. It took several tries to convince them that I was not the Richard Cleaver they thought I was. They still send me emails.
It is almost impossible to get companies to change incorrect email addresses.
14 years later, and Gmail is my primary email address. We have changed physical addresses three times since 2004. I would hate to try and change my email address. Not impossible to do I suppose. Just unimaginable. My email address is literally everywhere in my online world.
Gmail for life.
A friend of mine suggested watching a Netflix series called Dirty Money.
Dirty Money, a fascinating and frequently enraging new documentary series on Netflix that tackles capitalism run amok—portraits of people and companies whose greed was so extreme and so untroubled by ethical boundaries that they engaged in truly historic acts of grift. The series explores how HSBC laundered money for drug cartels, how a race car driver was engaged in an illegal payday loan business that involved millions of Americans, and how Volkswagen cheated and lied to consumers globally about how dirty its diesel engines were.
Corporate conduct can be shocking.
And sometimes poor corporate conduct can be held in high esteem.
Consider the World’s Most Admired Companies, a list compiled by Fortune with research from Korn Ferry.
This year, several key traits were cited in the survey. To thrive in this most disruptive of times, surveyed executives said, organizations need to have its people incentivized properly, and a sense of purpose that everyone agrees with. And then there is ability to adapt. What executives at the world’s most admired companies say is most important is the agility to transform itself on an ongoing basis.
Let’s take a look at a few of those most admired companies.
On Monday mornings, fresh recruits line up for an orientation intended to catapult them into Amazon’s singular way of working.
They are told to forget the “poor habits” they learned at previous jobs, one employee recalled. When they “hit the wall” from the unrelenting pace, there is only one solution: “Climb the wall,” others reported. To be the best Amazonians they can be, they should be guided by the leadership principles, 14 rules inscribed on handy laminated cards. When quizzed days later, those with perfect scores earn a virtual award proclaiming, “I’m Peculiar” — the company’s proud phrase for overturning workplace conventions.
At Amazon, workers are encouraged to tear apart one another’s ideas in meetings, toil long and late (emails arrive past midnight, followed by text messages asking why they were not answered), and held to standards that the company boasts are “unreasonably high.” The internal phone directory instructs colleagues on how to send secret feedback to one another’s bosses. Employees say it is frequently used to sabotage others. (The tool offers sample texts, including this: “I felt concerned about his inflexibility and openly complaining about minor tasks.”)
Between Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, we’ve heard a lot about the corruption on Wall Street. But if you want to understand exactly what happened and why, read JPMadoff: The Unholy Alliance Between America’s Biggest Bank and America’s Biggest Crook.
Written by trial lawyers Helen Davis Chaitman and Lance Gotthoffer this heavily-researched, meticulously documented book lays out for the world to see the absolute corruption of JPMorgan Chase – America’s biggest bank. And the authors explain how Obama has furthered Wall Street crime by refusing to enforce America’s criminal laws against America’s biggest criminals – not Madoff, but JPMorgan Chase.
Another former Facebook executive has spoken out against the company’s current business practices, arguing that they directly enable electoral interference.
Dipayan Ghosh, once a privacy and public policy advisor for the social network, argues now that disinformation of the sort used to interfere in the US election and the EU referendum is strongly linked to the nature of Facebook as an advertising platform.
“Political disinformation succeeds because it follows the structural logic, benefits from the products and perfects the strategies of the broader digital advertising market,” Ghosh and his co-author Ben Scott wrote in a report, Digital Deceit, published by the New America foundation.
Ghosh left Facebook in 2017, shortly after the US general election raised troubling questions for him about the relationship between the company and disinformation. In the new report, he and Scott argue that attempts to put a lid on the practice with tweaks to the platform are doomed to failure while the basic business model of a social network is advertising-driven, algorithmically-run and attention-focused.
Two U.S. lawmakers are calling for an investigation into whether Intel’s chief executive, Brian Krzanich, improperly sold company stock after learning of a serious security flaw in the tech giants’ microchips before it was publicly disclosed.
Intel sent the technology industry scrambling earlier this month when it announced that the microchips powering nearly every computer and smartphone have for years carried fundamental flaws that can be exploited by hackers. The flaws, dubbed Meltdown and Spectre, flow from designs that allowed computers to operate more quickly and efficiently.
“Security is job number one for Intel and our industry,” Krzanich said during the CES tech industry trade show earlier this week.
Now some lawmakers are questioning a large stock sale by the company’s chief executive late last year that was made before the news was made public, sending the company’s stock price down.
“This is exactly the type of report of suspicious trading that the SEC routinely investigates as well as the DOJ,” said Brandon L. Garrett, a professor at the University of Virginia School of Law.