Perceived Exertion: The RPE 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!

Seeing it on the Screen

The workout display can be modified so that you are getting only the metrics and fields that you need.  Removing fields that don't have any data can also remove distractions and help you focus on what you need to see to get the most out of your efforts.

Depending on what sensors you have that might connect, you can choose which metrics you would like to see:  heart rate and RPE? This is what you'll get!  Note the 3/10 on the screen during the warm-up. Easy effort, just get those pedals spinning and get started.  


Do you have a cadence sensor that connects?  Perfect!  You can add that also!


The workout graph is based on the power profile in the workout but will be helpful in predicting the workout effort.  Remember that the thin line near the top of the graph represents threshold.  Riding just below that should feel hard, but sustainable for a long effort.  The line sits at about a 7.5/10 effort on the RPE scale.  Here, you can see 7/10 is right below threshold:


Some sprints will be 9/10


While others will be 10/10


Take your Suffering to its limits!  









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