I’ve been using The Sufferfest for about 3 months now. I did my one and only 4DP near the start. It classified me as a Sprinter which was a complete shock, as I’ve never even done any sprinting. Anyway it said I needed to work on my MAP, and recommended things like ‘A very dark place’ and ‘nine hammers’. Whilst ‘nine hammers’ was hard, I didn’t feel any of the others were really that hard. In fact I had to lift the difficulty on some of them by a few percent to suffer properly. ‘the downward spiral’ and ‘blender’ being notable exceptions.
However I thought I should try something completely different and had a crack at ‘Thin Air’ yesterday. I was so cocky that I did it directly after a previous 30 min workout and even took it out of ERG mode for the first 15 mins to ride at threshold before the mountain stage. Boy was that a mistake. I blew up three times in the mountain section. It was way harder than I expected.
I tried it again today - just the ride as programmed - no deviation from the plan - I did it this time, but it wasn’t easy. It’s a hard one.
Why, when 4DP says I should focus on MAP, do the MAP focussed rides seem easier that the pure climbing FTP workouts like Thin Air? Should I be ignoring the 4DP recommendations as mix it up a bit more?