Review: Sufferfest – Do As You’re Told

Hello everyone,

A perfection of humor, misery, production, music, and flaming chamois!
A perfection of humor, misery, production, music, and flaming chamois!

If you’re a big fan of the Sufferfest videos like I am, then you know the team at Sufferfest have just released three new fall videos.  I have been a faithful Sufferlandrian ever since I left Couchlandria three years ago and have purchased almost every video they offer.  I also purchased a Wahoo KICKR back in the Spring of 2013 along with a subscription to Trainerroad.com.  The combination of the KICKR, Trainerroad, and the Sufferfest videos is a key part of my yearly training plan.  I cannot emphasize how much harder those videos are when you have the KICKR in ERG mode and Trainerroad setting output levels according to your Functional Threshold Power (FTP).  The workout video “Revolver” and the new workout video “Do As Your Told” become absolutely brutal towards the latter half.  Let’s talk about the new video “Do As Your Told” (DAYT) that I just did yesterday.

If your a big fan of the sufferfest, comments like there are hilarious! It's a big part of their video serious and I appreciate the humor.
If your a big fan of the sufferfest, comments like these are hilarious! It’s a big part of their video series and I appreciate the humor.

DAYT is a marvelous workout that has the perfect blend of humor, on board bicycle footage, music, and suffering.  It is engaging while also providing the motivation necessary to dig deep on the indoor trainer.  Digging deep is a key outcome you need when riding the trainer indoors, and they manage to do it very well in this video.  Trainerroad and the KICKR keep you honest during the workout by ensuring the Lactic Acid factory stays in full production.

There are a few things I really love about the new videos.  The intro is absolutely amazing.  Here is a look at the intro and it has a 007 vibe to it which I love.  The intro for all three new videos looks to be the same.

The preview provided by the Sufferfest team gives you a pretty accurate idea of how awesome the race footage is.  I love riding to this new on-bike race footage.  They also lower the music volume and bring up the crowd volume during certain climbs so you can really hear the excitement from the crowd.  I’m a cyclocross guy so I heard some COWBELL in there somewhere and loved it!

As you can see, this workout moves you very far above your FTP. The second 11 intervals are absolutely brutal with the inverse rest ratios.
As you can see, this workout moves you very far above your FTP. The second 11 intervals are absolutely brutal with the inverse rest ratios.

The workout is a pretty simply combination of warm up, pain, followed by misery, a quick recovery to collect yourself, then more pain and misery.  The two main interval sets have 11 intervals each.  The first interval set has you working on a 1:1 ratio.  15 seconds on, 15 seconds off up to one minute then back to a final 15 second interval.  I managed that interval set very well.  The second set is much more brutal.  The second set works in an inverse work to rest mode.  15 seconds hard then 50 seconds of rest, but when you get to one minute you are only resting for 15 seconds.  That is where I cracked.  Attached is my workout profile from Trainerroad.  As you can see if you zoom in on my workout, I completely cracked on the one minute intervals with minimal rest.  Even though I cracked, I was still suffering gloriously as if the minions were flogging me with sticks and attaching pain suckers to my legs.

You can see here that the intervals on this depiction do not truly add up to the advertised 11 intervals per set.
You can see here that the intervals on this depiction do not truly add up to the advertised 11 intervals per set.

There is nothing negative I have to say about this video except it makes me want to ride my older videos less.  The addition of on-the-bike race footage takes these videos to the next level.  I loved it when they added it first to the “Rookie” and glad they continued with on-the-bike video perspectives.  I still love all of the other sufferfest videos but these new ones are executed so well it makes the others seem a bit old.  I did notice one discrepancy on the sufferfest website.  The graph for the workout only shows you 9 intervals for the first set and 10 intervals for the second set.  As you can see from my Trainerroad workout profile above, there are truly 11 intervals for both sets.

I look forward to riding the other two videos in the future.  I’m curious to see how well the first Tempo video produced by the Sufferfest goes.  I’m also very glad to see a Tempo video added since my base training will commence here in another month.  I love the trainerroad workout plans but it will be nice to substitute a sufferfest video in there a time or two during Sweet Spot Base training.  Have a good week everyone and most of all, when the minions are flogging you with sticks, attaching pain suckers to your legs, and the race director, Grunter VanAgony is throwing a flaming shredded chamois on your back; EMBRACE THE SUCK!

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