Spring Loaded Challenge - week 1 check-in

Two words that anybody who has just started the strength training program will never forget: Lateral Lunges.

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There goes my hammy

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How was this challenge again; 50hr window, or normal day?

Although I have done all the exercises (whole shabang intermediate) I think I may have failed keeping within the window.

I guess it does not matter as my country is not “on the list” :frowning_face:

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I was a bit late with one, the following evening.

It is a bit vague time wise

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I too am confused about the timing to qualify for the “actual” challenge. I am having trouble getting the timing exactly right and am not sure where I stand. I am doing the MTP+Yoga and think I have gotten maybe 2 on the actual date, but done all of the sessions in some fashion. Does that count?

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Quoting myself from another thread @Magnito - unfortunately I can’t do anything about the country restrictions.

cc @Stonechat @CW_Rose

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Hehe, no worries @gpsjared. It is one of the drawbacks of living in the outskirts of civilization (:stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:), less raffles/giveaways, low Strava prize-challenge eligibility (just the boring distance/climbing/gran fondo challenges), and so on.

It’s great for cycling though :slight_smile:

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You know, if you win, you can always ship it to me. :wink:

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Ah, well then… That’s just the motivation I needed to complete Pierre :wink:

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I’m glad this challenge popped up. My May cycling plans have had to adapt to COVID restrictions and life events so while I’ve been doing lots of cycling I had been putting off strength, yoga, and the mental program. Just the boost of encouragement I was looking for. I’d been feeling a little listless lately but re-did the mt Sufferlandria session this week. I realized that I’m actually still in track to meet one of my big goals: completing a 300km ride, which I plan to do with two buddies in a week and a half.

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That ride sounds rewardingly difficult - glad you’re still on track :volcano:

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@Jason_Blakeburn Same for me - been doing MTP as part of the challenge and didn’t realize how much I needed it.

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Side Bridges are the ones that kill me :laughing:

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I am loving the challenge, currently was not on any plan, so this was a great way to get structure in strength, yoga and MTP to prepare for next training block.

SUF strength is something that seems harmless, but it always gives me dead legs.
Not sure if I am doing it right or very wrong, as I see a slight decrease in power numbers (or increase in RPE) when doing SUF strength.
If I do a break from it, I get better (sometimes even better than previous power numbers), so they are definitely doing something, just not sure if I need to stick with it longer so I can adapt and not feel so stiffed legged, or I need to adjust recovery/ training load.

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@JSampson yeah. It’s a great reminder and skill practice. I’ve gone back and forth on the mtp, usually start off excited for the first few weeks but then let it slide. I would like to be more consistent this summer with it.

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@pauloserra i feel the dead legs too. My flutes are always so sore especially early in a cycle. That’s to be expected. It’s part of the adaptation phase. Stick with it! Even if it impacts your on the bike performance initially, it will pay off eventually.

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I find sometimes I need more transit time, also the efforts are really short, so if you are late coming into a position you can miss the effort. I cannot do the arm extensions from plank, maybe that should become my Mt Sufferlandria this year.My ancient knees are not so keen on the knee bending stuff , I like to ease into them to get confident before going the whole hog. It is a fantastic opportunity to concentrate on the off the bike stuff, I feel so much more stable when riding now. I wonder why the challenge is not Nov/Dec get strong for the tour prep, rather than a mid season plan

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The transitions can be a bit quick eh? I feel like I have to mentally prepare myself to be sharp for those quick transitions - the exercises aren’t something I can’t do without some intention behind it.

As for the challenge happening now - that’s some great feedback - how we offer training plans and challenges going forward is a huge area of focus for us. If you don’t mind, can I ask some follow up questions?

  • What is your season like? How do you define it?
  • What goals do you have?
  • How and why do you use the SUF app?

I love the challenge, got me back to SUF as it kind of « forces » me to do Yoga and strenght training. (All because of the bagde and the chance to win a rival watch hahaha). And I was very sceptical with yoga…however, thanks to the challenge I learned to like it and will include in my training also after in the future.
But I agree a better tracking would be really cool. Imagine something like 100hours of yoga and you get a tron mat :joy:

gpsjared… thank you for your reply. For some of the exercises I have to mentally visualise myself doing them in order for the body to follow.Side lunge, now which leg is straight, this leg bends and the arms do this, and by then I need to start the exercise.If I have moved from the floor to standing then I am in catch up mode already. My racing season was short spring “training” races, a summer"target race" endurance stuff with fun races to maintain fitness until Autumn “target race” winter was strength based with fun x-country stuff to add intensity. Now I am nearer 70 than 60, my year may be unlike active racers. The season starts with Suff, working to the Suff tour. I usually get inspired by an adventure thing after this, catch a train to hundreds of miles away and cycle home. My goal is to have sufficient buffer of fitness not to be knocked aside by hills, wind , or just tough routes, to be able to push myself through the challenge without dying first. I wanted a training platform and looked at a few of them, something that offered a coaching aspect. I followed British Cycling training plans for a few years and rode with a racing club weekends. When Dan did his plan with Suff and made good improvements I was sold on the science and the vision of using something with much more up to date ideas, and so I took the Suff trial. I use it on a smartphone which controls my kickr in the garage.