Trust the Plans - they really work

6 weeks through the intermediate time for a HM. Wasn’t feeling confident going in but this is so much easier to pace than Full Frontal which is always a struggle.

Numbers in from HM surprised me:

MAP up 14% 310 to 352
FTP up 5% 262 to 276

The plans have really helped to address my biggest weakness (sustained efforts) and they now feel more comfortable inside and outside.

Having workouts at reduced intensity really helps keep just the right amount of fatigue. Having said that Nine Hammers at 100% next week will be interesting!

Thank you Sufferfest team!


Hey @washsaint, thank you for sharing this with us. These are some awesome gains. All that in only six weeks means you really put some work into your training. Congratulations.

Let us hear about your experience when you finish. Good luck.

Hi @Pierre

Nine Hammers this morning was a total bust! Did 2 hammers and gave up…wasn;t feeling it at all and HR was going through the roof. So redid it tonight with more of a mental focus and got through it (albeit at 90%) but if I ever see that workout again it will be too soon!

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I was happy with the PR I logged on a local long, steep hill back in December. After all, I’d been putting in heavy miles all summer long.

Yesterday, after only three months in Sufferlandria, I beat that PR by twenty seconds.

And my heart rate was only two BPM faster than in the December climb.
And I was riding my heavier, slower bike.
And I wasn’t even trying.

I mean, I know you guys say this stuff works. But holy cow, this stuff really works!


Yesterday was the first ride of the season with my regular crew. Last season, I was the weakest cyclist of our group. While my buddies were always nice about waiting up, a major goal of my offseason training was “Don’t get dropped come springtime.”

I didn’t get dropped, plus I got some admiring comments along the lines of, “Hey, all that time you put into The Sufferfest really paid off!”

Not the most inspiring story in the world, but it mattered to me.


All of the trainer numbers improving is nice but ‘real world’ results are what we’re after. I have thoroughly enjoyed my first 3 months on Suf but lets see what happens when the rubber hits the road. I definitely ‘feel’ stronger and my pedal stroke is definitely smoother. But here’s the thing…I am not a “Strava slave” but almost every ride this season i’m picking up PR’s on routes i’ve done last season in mid-season form! Thank-you Sufferfest!!


@ronburgundy It never gets easier - you just get better.