Abi’s Yoga is the secret of my recovery during my ToS Challenge, not to mention keeping this Old KoS Rocken!
Nice, I was asking myself this questions.
Why do others suffer? What is their true Mt. Sufferlandria?
I got a some answers here. Thanks
For me, it’s self-improvement (health, physically and mentally) and push my limits and have fun doing it.
And yes the yoga with Abi and strength make it a great addition to the fun experience to keep me far away of Couchlandria
I began suffering 3 weeks ago with my sights set on doing a single day 140 mile endurance ride in late June 2021.
This became became my personal
Mount Sufferlandria …
While I’ve done a fair amount of centuries in the past I’ve discovered that afterwards I struggle with a strange emptiness when the challenge has passed and the excitement has faded. So this time around I’ve decided to switch gears pardon the pun. While I still have the big ride in my plans, my objective now is to see how good of a cyclist I can become so there’s more rewards other than than single day of glory. Cheers to cycling
Staying healthy and my Mt. Sufferlandria is Paris-Brest-Paris in 2023
As a kid I liked riding my bike and watching the TDF, but we lived in a hilly area and I only had a fixie, so it was hard to ride anywhere except for the one block I lived on. So instead I played sports and in high school I became a runner. After spending my early adult life being unhealthy and overweight, I tore a disc in my back and it’s plagued me ever since. And after that I slid into being overweight and was diagnosed with sleep apnea. And it was while I was a couple years into my back treatments that my doctor warned me that I was only a couple pounds away from being labeled as obese.
At first I started to walk and lost a little weight. A couple years later my wife and I started to lose more weight and I started to run again. I fell back in love with running and got into what was then the best shape of my adult life. However, if I run, but don’t do enough core exercises, my back will go out and I’ll end up lying around for 2-3 weeks. I tend to be very unmotivated to do those exercises. After the birth of my second child I was tired and unmotivated and quit racing and largely quit running and allowed myself to slip back into being out of shape.
Around that time my dad began becoming noticeably old even tho he was in great physical shape from riding his bike and running. He was eventually diagnosed with PSP - one of many untreatable and incurable Atypical Parkinsonism syndromes - which is a neurodegenerative disease similar to Parkinson’s Disease and ALS. In just 2 years he went from running a half marathon and riding 3-4 hours in the mountains to using a walker or a cane and losing his balance and falling at least once a month. He was only 2-3 years into his retirement. He had bought his dream titanium bike that he used to do long mountain rides. Once it was clear he would never be able to ride it again, he gave it to me.
I didn’t know what to do with it, but I accepted it very gratefully. It was amazing compared to the heavy steel/aluminum bikes I rode as a kid. It sat in my garage for a year. But, I after that year I felt horrible that my dad had given me his dream bike and it was just collecting dust in my garage. I felt I needed to really do something with this bike. So, with my dad’s health continuing to decline I decided I needed to figure out what to do with it. Being a runner, I decided to look for some duathlons to participate in. I didn’t find any good ones, but I did find a number of local triathlons. And so a dream was born. A dream to honor my dad with the bike that he gave me.
My wife had purchased a second-hand bike trainer for $20 5 years before when she competed in a single recreational triathlon. So, I began using that during the week and then riding outside on the weekends. I went to the gym and began to swim 2 and then 3 days a week. I found that the additional core and upper body exercise I got from the swimming and the low-impact workouts I got from cycling were a perfect complement to my running which I could then do less often. This helped improve the condition of my back immeasurably. I haven’t had any major back issues since starting triathlon, and I have been in the best shape of my life.
So, I joined the local triathlon club and I competed in 5 sprint triathlons in 2019. I ran my 13th half marathon in Nov of 2019. I completed my first ever marathon in March of this year with the plan to do my first Olympic Triathlon in May and another marathon in Nov. This was all on a progression to eventually complete a 70.3 tri with a full Ironman being my Mt Sufferlandria. The rest of those plans, however, were completely derailed because of Covid.
I had seen The Sufferfest in a number of GCN videos over the past couple years, so in April with the lockdowns I decided to give it a try. I’ve since fallen in love with the SUF style of suffering. I was in reasonable bicycle shape since I had been riding for the previous 2 years, however I was mostly a long-distance time trialist because as a novice rider I was planning my own workouts. The Sufferfest has increased my bicycle fitness immensely. I’ve completed a metric century and a full 100 mile century ride on my bike trainer while riding along to SUF videos.
So why do I suffer? I suffer for my dad. My dad is suffering day-in and day-out from PSP whether he wants to or not. He is no longer able to do the things he loved. Through him I’ve re-discovered my own love of riding. When I ran I ran to live a longer and healthier life for me, my wife, and kids. When I suffer on my bike I also ride for my dad. Because I’m riding his bike. And because of his suffering. For my Knighthood attempt next month I am fundraising for Cure PSP. Even tho it is likely too late for and fundraising to help him, at least the money raised in his name can help future sufferers suffer less. Because while suffering on a bicycle is a choice, suffering from incurable diseases isn’t.
I didn’t intend to write this much, but too often, as I write, the words and details just pour out of me. Anyway, this is why I suffer.
Those are AMaSUFFERING Views
HOOYAH!!! to your Father and You!!! This is why Suferlandria is so AMaSUFFERING. Your passage is inspirational and your Father must be overjoyed with his titanium bike being part of your Quest and Life. You will do Great on your Knighthood Quest!!!
@SirShrek Thank you!
Today I did Blender as part of the KOS training plan. A week or so ago I was looking for the workout that ended with the video clip from the Davis Phinney Foundation, but could never find it. Well, Blender is it. It may be about Parkinson’s Disease proper which is similar, but not the same as what my dad has, but most PD foundations cover Atypical Parkinsonism syndromes, as well.
The first time I rode Blender I’m pretty sure I bawled thru most of that video as I thought of my dad. Although, I’m sure having just finished Blender may have had almost as much to do with it, but anyway… So, how appropriate was it that today as I rode 5 workouts as part of the KOS training plan that I’m doing to honor my dad, this workout was the second one on the list? Total coincidence, but oh so appropriate. I would include it in my KOS playlist except that it’s 1:42 long, and the most appropriate place to put it in my playlist would be last. If I even survived it as my last workout, I would be a sobbing puddle of pain shake on the floor afterward. But, at least I got to “enjoy” it as part of the KOS training plan just two weeks before my KOS attempt.
Because I’m now in my 50s and wish to enjoy the next few decades as actively as possible. Too many people seem to just give up their fitness in middle age and accept the inevitable consequences. But several oldies I know (70s and even 80s) are actually still fitter and stronger than an average 30 or 40 year old. It’s not about living forever, it’s about maintaining your quality of life for as long as possible. Suffering on the trainer is nothing compared to real suffering later on if you don’t. Plus I want to kick my friends asses on the bike
I suffer today to make my future self happy.
Great post - many thanks for sharing. That was very inspiring!
Peteski, you’re right on the $$$ with that. I was in my late 30s in Italy getting my DOORS blown off by 60+ cyclists…I figured they probably raced with Merx, so my ego was ok🤣
Blender in a KoS run……Chapeau!!
@SirShrek - I’m pretty sure I would now be able to go back in time and kick my own 35 yr old ass despite being 15+ years older. I simply eat better, sleep better, train smarter and have a bit more free time. Those factors seem to outweigh the lost potential simply from getting older. I suspect the same goes for most ordinary folk who were not elite athletes in their prime. Inevitably there will be a turning point where age eventually catches up and I start to ride slower again, but I honestly don’t think that will be any time soon.
I like that attitude! I am buying what you are selling!
Thank for sharing all these great Suff Reasons
It has become great Motivation! I am Doing All the ToS I missed before coming back Home to Sufferlandria.
I just wrapped up Stage 2 of 2016, Revolver TWICE
Chapeau to You All!!!
Good thing GvA Doesn’t follow the Garmin
Well said and I agree! Also to keep the abs defined to show off to my 20 year old nephew😂
Abs of GvA:crocodile: