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2019 Giro d'Italia Challenge 2019 Dashboard

The start of the Giro d’Italia kicks off Grand Tour season, and it’s happening NOW. To celebrate the beginning of our favorite time of year, we’re holding a little challenge:

Complete all The Sufferfest workouts that feature Giro footage between 11 May and 2 June and you’ll earn the coveted 2019 Giro d’Italia badge in your passport.

Need more motivation than a badge? We also have some killer prizes on offer, including a pair of limited edition Assioma DUO Power Meter Pedals in SUF red!
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It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time (ISLAGIATT) Mon, 03 Jun - Closes in 714875706

It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time (ISLAGIATT)

OPEN! Completed by 1011 Sufferlandrians
1:51 Endurance
This is your go-to session when you need to increase your endurance and add in some threshold work but only have two hours. By adding in multiple surges and short chunks of time above threshold, ISLAGIATT overloads your system with metabolic byproducts ('the nasties') which your body has to learn to clear out more efficiently. Combining such long interval durations with these hard surges not only forces your body to cope with the effort, but it pushes you harder mentally because after each surge the effort right at threshold “feels” harder than it should. With the final intervals focusing more on short, repeated efforts you'll stress your body's ability to recover when deeply fatigued, making this more than just an “endurance builder" workout, but one that will help you keep churning out power deep into the final kilometers of challenging rides or events. Open App
Thin Air Mon, 03 Jun - Closes in 714875705

Thin Air

OPEN! Completed by 1594 Sufferlandrians
1:00 Climbing
Here it is: the longest big effort in any session in The Sufferfest library. The plain and simple fact is that sometimes to stress your FTP you need to spend more than 20 or 30 minutes riding near your FTP. This session was designed with that in mind. While most of the climb is actually below threshold, there are enough surges above it that your body will constantly be at the limit of clearing out those nasty, painful metabolites at the rate you churn them out. Painsuckers, rejoice! Keep in mind that most of your anaerobic energy systems will be very depleted by the time you hit the 30 minute mark. That means they won't be much help in contributing to power production. That's one of the reasons why the same power target five minutes into this climb feels much harder when it comes again at minute 30. Once those anaerobic systems are used up, all you have left is your aerobic system, which requires oxygen to create power. These longer sustained efforts are crucial if you want to really push your threshold to its limits. Open App
Violator Mon, 03 Jun - Closes in 714875704


OPEN! Completed by 961 Sufferlandrians
1:03 Speed
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. Open App