Understanding the Suffer Scale


Here in Sufferlandria, we believe that “Everybody Hurts”. By this we mean, suffering is relative; whether you’re a hard-core, experienced outdoor cyclist, or new to cycling, you have the ability to Suffer on your own personal scale of exertion from 1 to 10. The Sufferfest is not about competing with other people; it’s about doing YOUR workout based on your fitness, strength, experience, etc. That’s why we use the Suffer Scale based on perceived exertion.

The Suffer Scale sets the foundation for how hard you should be working on a scale of 1 to 10, based on RPE (recommended perceived exertion). It’s very important you understand how the Suffer Scale works.

Sufferfest workouts are all about the PEAKS, so when we ask you to ride above threshold, it should feel like anything from extremely uncomfortable to pure agony, depending on whether it’s an 8, 9 or 10 out of 10 effort.

To continually hit these peaks, you’re going to need to make the most of the rest periods – which is why sometimes you’ll find that our rest intervals are longer than you might experience in a non-Sufferlandrian workout. This is how professional cyclists train – it’s all about QUALITY and, of course, Suffering!

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