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Stage 1: Stage 1: Igniter + Long Scream
Sat, 04 Feb
Stage 1: Igniter + Long Scream
Completed by 2214 Sufferlandrians
The 2017 Tour kicks off with a Time Trial by Fire.
Stage 2: Stage 2: The Way Out + Power Station
Sun, 05 Feb
Stage 2: The Way Out + Power Station
Completed by 1946 Sufferlandrians
Out of Couchlandria and into a wall.
Stage 3: The Omnium
Mon, 06 Feb
Completed by 1943 Sufferlandrians
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.
Stage 4: Angels
Tue, 07 Feb
Completed by 1892 Sufferlandrians
If you were eating lunch, eight minutes wouldn't seem like a lot of time. If you were on a beach, it would be cruel to only be there for eight minutes. But during the eight minute climbs in Angels, you'll swear to every god you can think of that it's never going to end. The focus on lower cadences and power targets near or above FTP make this session perfect for improving your ability to crush shorter climbs. The longer efforts are designed to target your sustained aerobic system, which is great for improving FTP. They're also just short— and difficult—enough that you can drive improvements in MAP.
Stage 5: Nine Hammers
Wed, 08 Feb
Completed by 1813 Sufferlandrians
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.
Stage 6: There Is No Try
Thu, 09 Feb
There Is No Try
Completed by 1620 Sufferlandrians
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.
Stage 7: Hell Hath No Fury
Fri, 10 Feb
Hell Hath No Fury
Completed by 1509 Sufferlandrians
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.
Stage 8: Stage 8: Revolver + RIE + Half is Easy
Sat, 11 Feb
Stage 8: Revolver + RIE + Half is Easy
Completed by 1392 Sufferlandrians
131 minutes, 89 intervals, one sick joke.
Stage 9: It Seemed Like Thin Air (Mash-Up)
Sun, 12 Feb
It Seemed Like Thin Air (Mash-Up)
Completed by 1389 Sufferlandrians
Who needs the alps when you have this abomination of climbing? If you're looking to churn out enough tempo work to make the domestiques at team sky look twice this is the one for you. Believe it or not, packing so much tempo into 2.5 hours gives this session the same endurance building power as a 5 hour “Zone 2” ride. That being said, tempo efforts burn through more carbohydrates than endurance pace, so don't forget to eat during this epic ascent.