Suffer to Succeed

My legs are burning, my heart is beating out of my chest, my lungs are working overtime and there is enough sweat dripping off my face to put out a small fire…I am suffering.  Physically this is REALLY challenging…mentally I am focused…physically my legs are shot…mentally I am strong…physically my legs want to take a break and stop moving…mentally I will push through…physically my legs have turned to jello…mentally I will finish strong.

I know that success on race day comes from all of the challenges I will face and overcome in all of the days leading up to the race.  So…what was the workout that made me suffer the most this week???  A trainer ride with zone 4 intervals…

0:00 – 0:15 Warm-up
0:15 – 0:24 20 sec sprint / 40 sec recovery
                   40 sec sprint / 20 sec recovery
                   60 sec sprint / 60 sec recovery
                   Spin 5 minutes
0:24 – 0:33 20 sec sprint / 40 sec recovery
                   40 sec sprint / 20 sec recovery
                   60 sec sprint / 60 sec recovery
                   Spin 5 minutes
0:33 – 0:42 20 sec sprint / 40 sec recovery
                   40 sec sprint / 20 sec recovery
                   60 sec sprint / 60 sec recovery
                   Spin 5 minutes
0:42 – 0:48 2 min Z4 / 4 min recovery
0:48 – 0:54 2 min Z4 / 4 min recovery
0:54 – 1:00 2 min Z4 / 4 min recovery
1:00 – 1:10 10 min Z2
1:10 – 1:24 10 min Z4 / 4 min recovery
1:24 – 1:38 10 min Z4 / 4 min recovery
1:38 – 1:52 10 min Z4 / 4 min recovery
1:52 – 2:00 Cool-down

Suffering during a 10 minute Z4 portion of the workout.
Suffering during a 10 minute Zone 4 portion of the workout.

Suffering now = Success later 🙂

What workout(s) has(have) made you “suffer” lately???

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Week #5 (Base Training) Totals:

Swim:  4700 yards

Bike:  63 miles

Run:  15 miles

Strength Training:  2 hours & 15 minutes

Hot Yoga:  2 hours & 30 minutes

Week #5 in the green 😉

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January Totals (successfully completed all scheduled workouts):

Swim:  12.7 miles

Bike:  190 miles

Run:  63.8 miles

Strength Training: 10 hours

Hot Yoga: 10 hours 45 minutes

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14 thoughts on “Suffer to Succeed

    1. I DEFINITELY believe it!! I remember that from when we visited out there a few years ago. Think about how strong you will be once you acclimate to that altitude 😉

  1. I like this post! Mountain climbs and stupid big hills on my bike are my favorite “suffering” workouts. I can’t always find that perfect gear but when I can get into the zone on a hill I just LOVE it… So I have to wonder, if I dig it so much can you call it suffering? I suppose the answer to that would depend on the day and my attitude.

    1. Thanks Jim!! I agree…sometimes I really like to suffer, but by the end of this workout I could hardly move the pedals. Even if we dig it, it could still be considered suffering. Some of us just like to suffer more than others 😉

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