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Stage 9: Power Station

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Here it is. The final stage of the Tour of Sufferlandria. Done.

This tour was so hard to do. I will need a couple of days to recover.

One of my fellow Sufferlandrians over at the Facebook group said it best:

I really enjoy this community and want to congratulate every person for fighting through the Tour of Sufferlandria. It really is a special thing as each person has to fit this in with a busy life that could include work, family and other commitments. Making the effort to push each day to be better than the day before is just awesome to watch. The unique nature of the videos allows each person to come as they are and push themselves. It’s not about what anyone else does but looking in the mirror and knowing you took a step forward to improve the person you are looking at.
Whatever got you here and whatever challenge you face doing the Tour is your own and you are better for it.
Thank you David McQuillen and Jared McClintock for being so present throughout. You have created a special community where friendships and camaraderie can grow no matter where in the world a person resides.
Here’s to suffering in the Tour and throughout the year.

Stage 8: A Very Dark Place

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Well, that was awful. I would never willingly try that combination at that level of intensity but the Minions made me do it.

The final stage happens tomorrow.

Stage 7: Do As You’re Told

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Somewhere during the race this morning, these words of encouragement popped up:

NobodyCares

I care.

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:

Nails

Stage 6: The Rookie

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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!

The 2016 Tour of Sufferlandria

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This is my race number for the 2016 Tour of Sufferlandria.

The 2016 Tour of Sufferlandria begins on February 6th. There are nine stages with one stage per day:

ISLAGIATT (2 hours)
Revolver + Revolver (1 hour 30 minutes)
The Best Thing In The World (48 minutes)
To Get To The Other Side (1 hour 30 minutes)
The Wretched (48 minutes)
The Rookie (55 minutes)
Do As You”™re Told (47 minutes)
A Very Dark Place + Nine Hammers Power Station + Violator (1 hour 46 minutes)

This will be a very challenging nine days of riding however a malcontent believes that the entire Tour of Sufferlandria is a scam:

Frankly, he comes across as a bit of a whining Couchlandrian. Someone hand him a donut.

Can he suffer through this tour? I am doubtful.

I know I will.

Legs speak louder than words.

The Way Out

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6am.

Another morning behind bars.

Handlebars, that is.

At this time of year, I spin indoors. Five or more spin sessions a week.

I’d rather be outside riding but such is life in this part of Canada. Winter tends to limit the use of a road bike outdoors.

Over the years, I have used a lot of support tools for spinning. They were, however, fairly static things. Run a video and pace along.

Something to endure.

All of that changed for me on January 9th.

David McQuillen, founder of The Sufferfest, had sent me the News From Sufferlandria, a newsletter that is really just about suffering. But buried deep within the newsletter was this little nugget:

Pssssst. Our new app is out. It’s a secret – we’re not talking about it until Monday. But we’re telling you right here, right now. Find out more and get a 7 day free trial…

Shut up! A new app? Must check it out now.

And I did.

The minions at The Sufferfest outdid themselves. This app is total suffering.

All 27 videos can be streamed to a compatible device. I use an iPad Pro. The videos can be cached and watched offline as well. Handy for me being out in the country where high-speed Internet is more of an aspiration than a reality.

The app can link to Bluetooth and ANT+ heart rate monitors, power meters and cadence sensors. This allows for interactive training sessions where you can train with specific performance targets.

There is also a Sufferlandrian Passport which keeps track of all the suffering. Every workout can be recorded.

This is a wonderful resource for riders and it is a subscription for only $10 a month.

Fair warning though. These videos are challenging.

Couchlandrians will not enjoy these workouts. They prefer couches. And donuts. Lots of donuts.

Those who love to ride will appreciate the challenge.

It makes indoor riding, dare I say it, almost fun.