Tuesday, February 14, 2012

First Trainer Video

While I have a trainer I don't use it much because we have cycling weather here all year long.  I could probably count the times I've used it on one hand.  I know some folks use the trainer for seasonal training, but there are also those who use it as a tool to focus on intensity.

I have been reading about Patrick's bike training on his blog.  He has been using the Sufferfest videos and reporting how intense the workouts have been.  Of course, I thought, "I gotta get me one of them"!  So I headed to the Sufferfest website and downloaded the "Hell Hath No Fury" video.  The videos are only $11.99 so there was very little risk.  I figured I that I could try one and if I survived liked it, I could order more.

Let's keep this simple... the workout was brutal.  I was a sweaty mess at the end of the ride, but it felt good to hammer that bike.  You can make this as hard or as easy as you want, but if you stick the with suggested RPE levels during the video, you will be challenged like a big dog.  The motto on the website says, "I will beat my @$$ today to kick yours tomorrow".  That should give you a clue!  

Here is a clip of the video I used today

I have decided to make this a regular part of my training.  It gives my bike training more structure.  I already ordered another video.  This morning I got an email with an online coupon for 20% off "The Downward SpiralSufferfest video which has been updated and remastered.  It is good for 48 hours.  If you want to get in on that deal, use the following code when ordering... FEELSLIKENEW. BTW, I don't get anything for recommending them.  In fact, there are a lot of other places on the interwebs where you can download cycling videos.  I am just passing along the information to you folks if you want to give it a try.


  1. I have Downward Spiral and Fight Club, great workouts

  2. This is something I need to order. I use the drainer alot due to family obligtions (or family want to do's) and the only time I have to ride is at night, and the trainer just makes sense!

  3. Downward Spiral is ordered. I'll be doing it at lunch :)

  4. HHNF was the most intense I have done yet followed by the hunted and fight club. I am looking forward to knocking out the others. Combine the trainer work with a run if you really want to suffer.

  5. I use my trainer for the same reasons you listed. It gives my bike workouts "more structure", instead of just going out and riding junk miles--and it gets me off the roads and away from the cars.

    I look forward to my trainer sessions with a mixture of dread and anticipation. Trainers are fantastic tools for improving your biking but it's all about keeping your motiviation level high and challenging yourself. Videos, iPod, any distraction works.

    You might want to look into Trainer Road. http://www.trainerroad.com/
    I have not used them myself but I've heard nothing but good about the site.

  6. I have worked harder on the trainer then I ever have on the road. Having said that, I must admit I'm not sure I'd ever ride it if it wasn't for snow around here. You have more strength then I do. ;)

  7. Sufferfest vids are good stuff!

    Check out Trainerroad.com also. They are doing some good things with your trainer!

  8. I'll have to check those out once I get a little stronger on the bike. You do set up fans to help keep you cool, right?

  9. "Suffer" has just the right ring to it for a training video! haha. I experience suffering on a treadmill.
    Maybe I need one of those gizmos for putting my outdoor bike on, since my other option is a recumbent bike that I really don't like.


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