I was introduced to the Sufferfest by a good friend about 18 months ago and if you have to do indoor bike training (like most of us) this is the product for you. The first couple I did were Downward Spiral and Revolver. Those worked well for me but about 8 months later I got an advance copy of two workouts that have become my favorite trainer workouts (if you can even say that about a Sufferfest workout). They were A Very Dark Place and Hell Hath No Fury. These have become my all time favorites, and also a little bit of a crutch when I am on my trainer. So I had a hold of Quadrathon‘s computer and had a chance to do one of the newer ones, There Is No Try.
The workout consists of a ladder workout that many people are familiar with. The ladder is 1 min, 2 min, 3 min, 4 min, 8 min, 4 min, 3, min, 2 min, 1 min with very little rest in between. But what makes this ladder special is the fact that each interval has four levels within it; so you are trying to go faster 4 times per interval. My general attack for each interval was to start in one gear, increase the cadence for the second effort, increase the resistance for the third effort, and then increase the cadence again for the last effort of the interval so I can go faster for each one. Some of the intervals were climbing based so for those I could just grind through 4 gears because the cadence was lower. The graph below shows how I did. (Click here for the Garmin data)
The name of this workout sums it up pretty good, “There Is No Try” and as Yoda says, “Only Do”. Half way through the workout a message pops up that ask will you be proud when you go back and look at this ride; and while my speed overall wasn’t the fastest, I did DO this work out correctly. I am proud of myself. Every effort within the intervals was faster. That was what you needed to DO; not TRY to do; because There Is No Try…
What was also really cool about this workout was it used the footage to Thibaut Pinot as he won a stage in the Tour de France from 2012. I actually watched this stage and it was really cool to workout while he won. It was an awesome stage to watch and even better to ride with!
Overall the work out rocked! It will be in my A-rotation of trainer rides now that week day rides can only happen on the trainer. They made a couple nice enhancements to this video; they have a better graphic which reminds you what your perceived exertion rate and cadence should be and they added a count down to show you when the interval will be over.
The video has all the elements that make the Sufferfest the best series of indoor training videos; great music, hilarious taunting (as well as encouragement from Yoda himself), and a well designed workout that makes excellent use of your time on a trainer. It is well worth the $13.99.