Some background on how I tend to use The Sufferfest (since 2017!):
1 - I use The Sufferfest videos for the entertainment and extra motivation I get from the videos/music, and the great storylines.
2 - I use the NoVids from time to time when I can disconnect and watch a movie (endurance) or listen to a good Spotify playlist (for intense workouts where my attention is on a max effort)
3 - I rarely use the GCN videos, but when I do, I’m usually trying to save time with a very short but intense workout
(I suspect that this is pretty typical, but then again, everybody thinks they’re normal. )
My issue with the training plans in The Sufferfest is that they tend to not respect how I want to train with The Sufferfest.
Case A: A scheduled workout on the plan that has a video (e.g., Nine Hammers) at 100% intensity means I’m going to have to work quite hard but I know I’ll get a good storyline, music, race footage, etc. This helps me get the most out of myself. It’s where The Sufferfest shines compared to every other training platform out there. I’ve tried out most of ‘em.
Case B: A workout appearing on my plan that has a video prescribed at a reduced intensity is for me, simply incompatible with The Sufferfest’s key differentiators … The storyline, music, and the footage lose their value and are even diluted the next time you do that same workout at 100%.
I’d so much rather see NoVids and GCN videos used for reduced intensity workouts on training plans than actual The Sufferfest videos which should be reserved for the key workouts of the week done at 100%. Alternative (or possibly in addition), alternative workouts could be proposed to achieve the same training outcomes?
Hopefully this is an area where The Sufferfest will improve soon.
For now, I continue to train off of my own plan managed in TrainingPeaks with some structured workouts being pulled to my Wahoo Roam and some being done in The Sufferfest. I’d love to drop TrainingPeaks to save some money and instead have an integrated Wahoo training platform and training plan (The Sufferfest + Wahoo Roam), but that’s another subject for another forum post or two …