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Mittwoch 16. Dezember 2020

thebat

Four Dimensional Power Focus:
NM: ✭✩✩✩✩
AC: ✭✭✩✩✩
MAP: ✭✭✭✭✩
FTP: ✭✭✭✭✩

While you're certainly going to feel this workout in your legs, it's what happens in your head over these six intervals that matters most. A sort of 'Applied Mental Training Programme' session, this is a unique addition to the SUF library. Over the course of the workout, you'll be taken through six different mental toughness tasks drawn from our 10-week Mental Toughness Programme (available here in the app). We'll teach you how to focus, use positive self-talk and see an image of Future You to push yourself through the Suffering.

From a physical point-of-view, this is a series of five minute intervals with very high MAP efforts at both ends. They pack the same training punch as much longer Sub-Threshold efforts with the added bonus of stimulating your MAP and AC at the same time.

Physiologically:
The first 30-second effort digs you into an anaerobic hole. Even though it is a MAP based target, your Heart Rate and Breathing rates (and thus ability to deliver oxygen) are still low, so your body must produce much of this power anaerobically. By the time you settle into the 4-minutes at just below FTP, your body will have produced an excess of metabolites responsible for that burning in your legs. Only by riding below FTP will your body clear them out since FTP is the tipping point where your body is producing metabolites at the same rate it is clearing them. By holding you at FTP, your body is unable to clear out that excess, forcing you to deal with the associated discomfort for the next 4-minutes. Capping the effort off with a final 30-second surge requires that you dig into what is left of your AC, while your body pushes you close to your VO2 max, or the point at which your body is using as much oxygen as it possibly can. The net result is a session that is great for improving FTP, MAP, and AC, regardless of your strengths and weaknesses.

Psychologically:
Each 4-minute segment at just below FTP will end up feeling harder than it should, given your body is forced to stew in whatever excess metabolites you produced in the first 30-seconds. While it will be unpleasant, you should find it never really gets MORE unpleasant. In addition to the benefits from the actual mental training exercises, this preps you to have confidence in your ability to hold longer sustained FTP efforts. The final surge then shows you that even when you have been feeling that uncomfortable, for that long, your body still has something more to give. Going through the Mental Training techniques while you're pushing through the discomfort will only make you stronger out on the road.

The Bat, by the way, is the totem animal for rebirth. It symbolises the death of old ways and the rise of new ones.

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Montag 14. Dezember 2020

Revolver

Four Dimensional Power Focus:
NM: ✭✭✩✩✩
AC: ✭✩✩✩✩
MAP: ✭✩✩✩✩
FTP: ✭✭✭✭✭

While you might think the only way to improve your FTP is to ride at, or above, your existing FTP, that isn't always the case. You body can only handle so much time above FTP in any given week (or month for that matter). But that doesn’t mean you should just sit around doing nothing the rest of the time.

Your body is most efficient at clearing out lactate and other metabolic byproducts at 80-95% of FTP. This is one of the few sessions where you can consistently sit at that intensity and let your body churn away at this nice efficient effort level. It's the ideal workout to end a hard, three-day block or to add in during a rest week. It will give your body a little training stimulus while still allowing it to recover from whatever tortures you've recently put it through.

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Mittwoch 9. Dezember 2020

TGTTOS

Four Dimensional Power Focus:
NM: ✭✭✩✩✩
AC: ✭✩✩✩✩
MAP: ✭✩✩✩✩
FTP: ✭✭✭✭✭

While you might think the only way to improve your FTP is to ride at, or above, your existing FTP, that isn't always the case. You body can only handle so much time above FTP in any given week (or month for that matter). But that doesn’t mean you should just sit around doing nothing the rest of the time.

Your body is most efficient at clearing out lactate and other metabolic byproducts at 80-95% of FTP. This is one of the few sessions where you can consistently sit at that intensity and let your body churn away at this nice efficient effort level. It's the ideal workout to end a hard, three-day block or to add in during a rest week. It will give your body a little training stimulus while still allowing it to recover from whatever tortures you've recently put it through.

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Montag 7. Dezember 2020

The-Way-Out

Four Dimensional Power Focus:
NM: ✭✩✩✩✩
AC: ✭✩✩✩✩
MAP: ✭✩✩✩✩
FTP: ✭✭✭✭✭

One of the few Sufferfest sessions that can be viewed as a “Sweet-Spot” session since the intervals aren’t above threshold (except for the very end) but are harder than a tempo effort.

This session pushes your body close to the limit of what it can 'comfortably' handle without going any further. Why? Going above threshold causes a considerable amount of hormonal stress that takes a lot of time to recover from. But you don’t actually have to ride above threshold to improve your FTP - the fitness gain between 30 minutes at 90% of threshold and at 102% of threshold is minimal, but the stress on your body from the later is much greater and the recovery much longer.

That is why this session is a key component to any training plan: It gives you enough training stress to help improve your FTP, but remains 'easy' enough that you can do it when you're tired or before a big block of harder efforts.

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Mittwoch 2. Dezember 2020

Nine-Hammers

Four Dimensional Power Focus:
NM: ✭✩✩✩✩
AC: ✭✭✭✩✩
MAP: ✭✭✭✭✭
FTP: ✭✭✭✭✩

Sometimes you're the hammer. Sometimes you're the nail. And sometimes you're getting both hammered and nailed. With a series of nine different intervals, all at or above threshold this is one of the best MAP sessions we offer. It isn’t just the total amount of time spent above threshold, though. This workout takes the training stress up a notch by giving you barely enough time to recover from the previous hammer before the next one falls. This ensures your AC gets a little boost as well.

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Montag 30. November 2020

Hell-Hath-No-Fury

Four Dimensional Power Focus:
NM: ✭✩✩✩✩
AC: ✭✩✩✩✩
MAP: ✭✭✩✩✩
FTP: ✭✭✭✭✭

This takes one of the oldest FTP building workouts, the 2 x 20, and makes it exciting! Forcing your body to churn out power right below, at and just above threshold for 20 minutes at a time dramatically improves your ability to generate sustainable power. It's great for building that FTP (unless you have an unusually low MAP...in which case you're going to struggle!) By itself, the 5 minute effort at the end would not be much to deal with, but after churning out threshold power for 40 minutes, hitting this 5 min effort at 100% will ensure you stress your MAP enough to give this session a slight edge on other “FTP Builder” workouts.

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Mittwoch 25. November 2020

Defender

Four Dimensional Power Focus:
NM: ✭✭✩✩✩
AC: ✭✭✭✩✩
MAP: ✭✭✭✭✩
FTP: ✭✭✭✭✩

Just like a real race, the two race-paced efforts in TBTITW offer few moments of truly “settling” into a steady effort. The constant surging below, at, and well above threshold push your ability to recover to the max, making this a fantastic session for building your AC. Since you are often forced to “recover” at high intensities, your cardiovascular system hardly gets a real break, which means your MAP gets pushed hard too. With each effort ending in an all out sprint you really get to test out how much you have left in the tank. You might surprise yourself.

 
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Montag 23. November 2020

TBTITW

Four Dimensional Power Focus:
NM: ✭✭✩✩✩
AC: ✭✭✭✩✩
MAP: ✭✭✭✭✩
FTP: ✭✭✭✭✩

Just like a real race, the two race-paced efforts in TBTITW offer few moments of truly “settling” into a steady effort. The constant surging below, at, and well above threshold push your ability to recover to the max, making this a fantastic session for building your AC. Since you are often forced to “recover” at high intensities, your cardiovascular system hardly gets a real break, which means your MAP gets pushed hard too. With each effort ending in an all out sprint you really get to test out how much you have left in the tank. You might surprise yourself.

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Mittwoch 18. November 2020

The-Omnium

Four Dimensional Power Focus:
NM: ✭✭✭✩✩
AC: ✭✭✭✭✭
MAP: ✭✭✭✭✭
FTP: ✭✭✩✩✩

You know what we love about you? Your versatility. You can Suffer anywhere, anytime and in any way. That's why Grunter von Agony, Sufferlandrian Team Director, is sending you to compete in The Omnium at the UCI World Track Championships. Over the course of 50 minutes, you'll do battle in the six different races.

No two intervals in this workout are the same, with each one working slightly different variations of NM, AC and MAP. No need for FTP here, my friends! It's the perfect session to improve top-end power without having to do a lot of repetitive efforts.

The scratch race and flying lap have an “easy” enough lead in that you get to put your max sprint to the full test. Add in the standing starts for the Individual Pursuit and Kilo and you give your NM a real run through. The repeated surges of the elimination race, the all out nature of the kilo, and the massive efforts you have to make in the points race really test your powers of recovery while working your AC all the way to the max.

Since the efforts come in quick succession, and with most being over four minutes in length, your cardiovascular system never catches a real break, ensuring your MAP doesn’t get left out of the equation.

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Montag 16. November 2020

Who-dares

Four Dimensional Power Focus:
NM: ✭✭✭✩✩
AC: ✭✭✭✭✩
MAP: ✭✩✩✩✩
FTP: ✭✭✭✭✭

Imagine you’re out on a group ride where the tempo is high and you’re working hard. Suddenly, someone surges. You do a quick sprint to go after them and quickly get their wheel. The stress of the effort, though, catches up with you and even though the pace settles down to where it was before, you struggle to hold the wheels.

Who Dares is a workout that teaches your body to recover from those efforts more effectively so you can keep riding hard. The workout is based on three nine-and-a-half-minute sub-FTP intervals that feature three sprints - one at the start, one at the middle and one at the end. These sprints flood your body with metabolites (lactate, etc.) and then the sustained sub-FTP efforts force your body to clear them out while still working hard.

To make the session even more effective, Who Dares also asks your body to do this work at different cadences, stimulating the nervous system and forcing your body to become even more effecient.ch one.

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Mittwoch 11. November 2020

14-vise-grips

Four Dimensional Power Focus:
NM: ✭✭✩✩✩
AC: ✭✭✭✭✩
MAP: ✭✭✭✩✩
FTP: ✭✭✭✭✩

This is another mash-up that covers a lot of ground. Starting with the intervals from Do As You’re Told, your ability to recover quickly gets its first test with short intervals, high intensity, and limited rest. All the hallmarks of a good AC training session.

Then comes the race simulation from the Rookie, with just enough time above threshold (and above-tempo “recovery”) to improve FTP. But it also helps out your AC. Since your AC has already been stressed from the intervals at the beginning, this section boosts your AC more in this context than it would if you just did The Rookie.

The final climb from Angels is almost entirely above threshold. After everything you have already put your system through, this will send your cardiovascular (and MAP) system as far as you are willing to push it. By combining these sections in this particular order you end up squeezing the most training benefit out of each one.

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Montag 9. November 2020

TOBA

Four Dimensional Power Focus:
NM: ✭✭✩✩✩
AC: ✭✭✭✭✩
MAP: ✭✭✭✩✩
FTP: ✭✭✭✭✩

This is another mash-up that covers a lot of ground. Starting with the intervals from Do As You’re Told, your ability to recover quickly gets its first test with short intervals, high intensity, and limited rest. All the hallmarks of a good AC training session.

Then comes the race simulation from the Rookie, with just enough time above threshold (and above-tempo “recovery”) to improve FTP. But it also helps out your AC. Since your AC has already been stressed from the intervals at the beginning, this section boosts your AC more in this context than it would if you just did The Rookie.

The final climb from Angels is almost entirely above threshold. After everything you have already put your system through, this will send your cardiovascular (and MAP) system as far as you are willing to push it. By combining these sections in this particular order you end up squeezing the most training benefit out of each one.

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Mittwoch 4.November 2020

There-Is-No-Try

Four Dimensional Power Focus:
NM: ✭✭✩✩✩
AC: ✭✭✭✩✩
MAP: ✭✭✭✭✩
FTP: ✭✭✭✩✩

The ability to hit a given power target right on the nose is one of the hallmarks of a great rider, and that is exactly what you are being forced to do with this session. Each interval has 4 distinct stair steps, increasing slightly with each step. This requires you to finesse your output multiple times for each effort, to really feel the difference 10 watts makes.

The stair step approach also forces your body into a constant state of “catching up.” Just as your aerobic system settles into the oxygen demands of each effort, you are forced to go harder, which makes you dip back into anaerobic energy systems while your aerobic system catches up. This process constantly forces your anaerobic and aerobic systems to make adjustments. If you're trying to get over a plateau or feel like you're not getting faster this can be exactly what you need.

Unlike other sessions, three of the four sprint efforts come in the first half. This means your legs will be fresh enough so you can go full gas and hit your NM system hard. Not bad for a session that is predominantly focused on building your AC and MAP.

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Montag 2.November 2020

The-Tool-Shed

Four Dimensional Power Focus:

NM: ✭✭✭✩✩
AC: ✭✭✭✭✩
MAP: ✭✭✭✭✭
FTP: ✭✭✭✭✩

*Because you're not the sharpest tool in the shed.*
Simply put, this is a session for those looking to see how deep they can truly dig - or for those who think they might need to update their 4DP metrics (If you finish this session with minimal swearing and without stopping it's time to re-test).

You might be looking at the profile and say to yourself, "Only doing the 2nd set from the Shovel sounds like cheating." You would be right. That's why we would never do something as crazy as letting you start the 2nd set from The Shovel Fresh. Instead, you get to be the Nail for the first 3 efforts from Nine Hammers. Once you've done that and wrapped up that second set from the Shovel, all that stands between you and that massive pit of exhaustion and GLORY are 2 more Hammers. Did we mention they were Hammers 8 and 9? No? Good, good. Forget we said anything. Just pretend you have 3 Hammers and 1 Shovel to contend with. Those last 2 hammers are "Future You's" problem - let that chump deal with that nightmare.

When looking at "will this make me faster" the answer is YES (and, at least in the short term, quite miserable). The Shovel packs a massive AC punch, with inverse-micro intervals that dish out ever higher the power the shorter the interval. While 9 Hammers packs a huge MAP/FTP punch, it also helps drive up your sustained power regardless of what your rider type or weakness are. Facing the first 3 Hammers gives your Aerobic (MAP/FTP) system a hefty load to deal with, and will just about fully deplete your AC stores. Which makes this the perfect time to start the 2nd set from the Shovel. With depleted reserves, starting with the short 5 second sprints ensure you are just fresh enough to push your NM system, but fatigued enough that your AC never fully recovers for the duration of these intervals. With your AC depleted, heart rate pegged and breathing rate through the roof, the last thing you WANT is the final 2 Hammers. This isn't about what you want though, but what you need. By the time you start this set of Hammers your top end power will be feeling completely drained, any ""snap"" you might usually rely on to make it through these 3-4 minute efforts will be long gone. That means you are facing down the final 2 Hammers relying solely on your MAP and FTP. The higher your FTP the faster you will recover, the higher your MAP the greater the punishment you can handle. Once you pick yourself up off the floor from Hammers 8 and 9, you will have pushed your body to its absolute limits across almost every 4DP Metric, which will send you down the path to be a faster and more badass Sufferlandrian."

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Mittwoch 27. Oktober 2020

The-Shovel

Four Dimensional Power Focus:
NM: ✭✭✭✭✩
AC: ✭✭✭✭✭
MAP: ✭✭✭✭✩
FTP: ✭✭✭✩✩

Time to dig deep into the COURAGE mines. Real deep. No other workout runs the full range of 4DP like this one. The consistent inverse relationship between interval length and intensity pushes your AC to the very limit, ensuring that after each micro-interval your body recovers just enough to hit and hold your power target for the next interval...even if you don't think you can.

The 5-10 second efforts hit your NM system hard. No holding back for these short efforts. All out means all out. The 15-60 second efforts all require significant anaerobic energy, but with so little rest your cardiovascular system never really gets a break. This not only stresses your AC as you try to recover, but it also pushes your MAP to its limit as your body tries to generate as much aerobic power as possible.

Even though there is not a single interval in this workout that is longer than 60 seconds, each full set lasts more than 20 minutes. The unrelenting aerobic stress turns this session into a surprisingly good FTP builder.

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Montag 26. Oktober 2020

Montag 26. Oktober 2020

Designed by the expert coaches, this one hour workout is specifically designed to get you ready for, and then do, a 20 minute cycling Functional Threshold Performance test.

 
Rubber Glove is a test for determining your Functional Threshold Performance (FTP). You will need a power meter (or a power-enabled trainer like the KICKR) or a heart rate monitor. This iMobileIntervals workout is optimized for use with the KICKR trainer.
 
At the end of the 20 minute interval the app will calculate your ftp and prompt you to save it to your account and settings. NOTE: if you clone and edit this workout, this feature will not be present! You will need to calculate the FTP as follows:
 
Your FTP watts is 95% of the average watts for the interval. Your FTP heart rate is 99% of the average for the interval.
 
TrainingPeaks or Garmin Connect and examine the 20 minute interval and calculate it automaticly for you.
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Mittwoch 21. Oktober 2020

Mittwoch 21. Oktober 2020

Four Dimensional Power Focus:
NM: ✭✭✩✩✩
AC: ✭✩✩✩✩
MAP: ✭✩✩✩✩
FTP: ✭✭✭✭✭

While you might think the only way to improve your FTP is to ride at, or above, your existing FTP, that isn't always the case. You body can only handle so much time above FTP in any given week (or month for that matter). But that doesn’t mean you should just sit around doing nothing the rest of the time.

Your body is most efficient at clearing out lactate and other metabolic byproducts at 80-95% of FTP. This is one of the few sessions where you can consistently sit at that intensity and let your body churn away at this nice efficient effort level. It's the ideal workout to end a hard, three-day block or to add in during a rest week. It will give your body a little training stimulus while still allowing it to recover from whatever tortures you've recently put it through.

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Montag 19. Oktober 2020

TGTTOS

Four Dimensional Power Focus:
NM: ✭✭✩✩✩
AC: ✭✩✩✩✩
MAP: ✭✩✩✩✩
FTP: ✭✭✭✭✭

While you might think the only way to improve your FTP is to ride at, or above, your existing FTP, that isn't always the case. You body can only handle so much time above FTP in any given week (or month for that matter). But that doesn’t mean you should just sit around doing nothing the rest of the time.

Your body is most efficient at clearing out lactate and other metabolic byproducts at 80-95% of FTP. This is one of the few sessions where you can consistently sit at that intensity and let your body churn away at this nice efficient effort level. It's the ideal workout to end a hard, three-day block or to add in during a rest week. It will give your body a little training stimulus while still allowing it to recover from whatever tortures you've recently put it through.

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Mittwoch 14. Oktober 2020

Violator

Four Dimensional Power Focus:
NM: ✭✭✭✭✭
AC: ✭✭✭✭✭
MAP: ✭✭✭✩✩
FTP: ✭✩✩✩✩

If NM and AC got together to throw a party, this would be it. Violator is the perfect example of how the amount of recovery time between efforts dramatically changes the amount of training stress you get.

Yes, there are 64 sprints, but they're not all doing the same thing for your fitness. The first set of sprints has enough recovery that you'll be able to work your NM to the max. The second set still has enough recovery to allow you to hit high power numbers, but the reduced time between sprints stresses your ability to recover and repeat that high effort. That means you'll start to dip into AC. The last set—with equal sprint and recovery times—ensures your heart rate never gets a chance to drop down. That works your MAP like nobody's business.

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Montag 12. Oktober 2020

G.O.A.T

Four Dimensional Power Focus:
NM: ✭✭✭✩✩
AC: ✭✭✩✩✩
MAP: ✭✩✩✩✩
FTP: ✭✭✭✭✩

This session is all about high-torque efforts, very similar to the efforts you would experience out riding up the steep slopes of Mt Sufferlandria. While these efforts are short, and the intensity isn’t too high, the low cadence targets combined with minimal recovery will leave some begging for the high cadence sprints of The Omnium.
High torque efforts like these have two primary benefits. Improved neuromuscular coordination, and increased muscular endurance.

During each pedal revolution your legs have to “switch on” and “switch off” almost all of the muscles in your legs. High cadence efforts in something like Cadence Builds are great for teaching these groups to make that switch quickly. These low cadence efforts are better for teach ALL of the muscles in your legs to “switch on”. Done properly you should be pulling with your hamstrings with one leg while the other leg is pushing down with all the force your glutes and quads can muster. If you feel like you are pushing yourself up out of the saddle during harder efforts (like seated sprints) then your hamstrings are not being utilized since they should be pulling you back down into your saddle.

The second main benefit is improved muscular endurance. Even though the session is under 45 minutes, you will put a similar amount of muscular fatigue into your legs as a steady 3 hour base ride. You can almost view this session as hitting the leg press for 8 sets of 100 reps.

And just like the weight room, proper form is absolutely key! That means:
-- You should focus on pushing down AND pulling back up. You want your glutes and quads activated on the way down, and your hamstring and hip flexors activated on the way up.
-- To properly engage your hamstrings think about trying to pulling your heel up to your butt when your crank arm is going from 6 o’clock to 10 o’clock.
-- Your knees should be tracking straight up and down, no collapsing in or out!
-- Your core should be fully engaged to keep your hips rock steady in the saddle. This will be easier if you are both pushing and pulling during each pedal revolution.

This session is very similar to Power Station. Both help improve your muscular endurance and coordination, the biggest difference is the work to rest ratio between the two. While the intervals here are shorter than those in Power Station, the decreased recovery duration means fatigue will build faster, especially for those with a weakness in repeated efforts. Modifying interval length and recovery duration can also be seen between sessions like Revolver and A Very Dark Place. Both serve up a healthy dose of MAP/VO2 work, but the overall "feeling" of those two sessions are different.

If you find that your lower back starts to ache during this session, or that you have to start rocking in the saddle to keep the power up, then it’s time for you get started on our Yoga programme. Kick it off with “Core Strengtheners I” to make sure your core is just as strong as those legs!

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