Hello fellow Sufferlandrians, and welcome to the OS X (Mac) App. Not only do you want to suffer, but you want to suffer better and maybe a little more precisely. Before we get too far into this Article, you can watch the video below on how to sign in and operate The Sufferfest App.
This article will discuss the following:
- Signing Up and Signing In
- Setting Your Sufferlandrian Preferences
- Basic Sufferfest App Functionality
Signing Up and Signing In
Okay, let's get started. The first thing you will need to do is create an account on our website here: https://thesufferfest.com/pages/app
Once you have created your username and password, we can now long into The Sufferfest App with the Log in prompt.
Once log in is complete, you can now access all the videos that Sufferfest has to offer. Sit back and bask in the opportunity to Suffer to a whole new level!
We have three main tabs at the top of the Sufferfest App. These are the primary tabs that you will be using to guide yourself through the App.
The Video tab allows us to access all of the fine videos that Sufferlandria has to offer. The Passport tab is where all of your user data will be displayed, to include your history of suffering. The settings tab is where all of your very important user settings are located and we will head there next.
Setting up Sufferlandrian Preferences
Now, if you are a previous iOS user, then all of your settings data will be displayed in the settings tab. Also, all of your previous workouts completed with the iOS Sufferfest App will be displayed in your passport. Okay, let's take a look at our settings.
Most of the selections in the Settings tab are all very self explanatory. However, let's take a minute and talk about a few things first.
1. Wheel Size. It is important that you select the correct wheel size that you are using on your trainer. We use this number to calculate wheel revolutions to estimate virtual power. Furthermore, make sure your wheel size in the App matches the settings on you Smart Trainer.
As you can see in this example, we are using the Wahoo Fitness App just to validate that our KICKR is also set to the same wheel size.
2. Functional Threshold Power (FTP) and Lactate Threshold Heart Rate (LTHR): It is important to set your current FTP and LTHR because the App will use those numbers to set your power and heart rate zones. This is where we are making your suffering more precise and hopefully, more productive. Of note, LTHR IS NOT MAX HEART RATE.
Don't know what your FTP or LTHR is? Never fear, we are here to help. Please read this blog article about our video Rubber Glove, which will help you find your FTP and LTHR.
Do you just need the basics? Your FTP is 95 percent of your max sustainable power for 20 minutes. Your LTHR is your average HR during the last 10 minutes of your FTP test. Or, you can ride outside or inside as hard as you can for 30 minutes, and then average your heart rate for the last 20 minutes. That average would be your LTHR.
3. We can also connect our Strava Account, Training Peaks Account, and Email to share our suffering with our friends.
Just click on each button and you can link everything!
4. Just below our connections is where we manage the videos we download for offline use. This ensures you can take your devices to places that have slow internet or no internet connections (Basements/Garages/Gyms) and still suffer properly.
This section will keep you abreast of how much disk space you are actually using with these downloaded videos. Too much suffering for your Mac to handle, just go in and delete some videos and you get all of that memory space back.
Basic Sufferfest App Functionality
Next, we will look at our Passport page.
Each Sufferlandrian will have a unique passport to track their overall stats. We will be bringing more features to the Passport over the next few months. Stay tuned!
The next part of the passport is your workout history.
You can manage your workout history by clicking on the "Sort By" key at the top Right. This will allow you to sort your videos by date and time or you can sort them by video. Sorting them by video will show you how many times you have completed each video that the sufferfest has to offer. This is useful if you are trying to find out which videos you have not completed and need a more complete suffering experience.
When clicking on a video in the passport, a workout summary will appear to the right.
In our workout summary, there is some very helpful information. We can see all of that wonderful suffering data display right before us. This is the time we sit back and bask in all the glory of our personal suffering.
One thing to take note of, on your completed workout is a menu that appears just above your workout data. This is the opportunity to "Discard" the workout if it had too many couhclandrian tendencies, or you were distracted and had to abandon the workout. You can also click on the "Share" link if for some reason it did not auto populate to Strava, TrainingPeaks, or your email. The email will send a .tcx file to your inbox for manually uploading your suffering to software programs like Golden Cheetah. Furthermore, you can click on the "Ride" link and just ride the workout again, trying to out suffer your former self!
The final, and probably most important section is the Workout menu. Here we have all of the Sufferfest videos on display for your choosing. You have 4 options to sort each video at the top. You can sort by "Sport", "Type", "Duration", or "Completed".
Once you select a workout, you can now see all of the information for each video displayed on the right hand side.
Our next step is to select "Play" on the upper right hand side of our selected video. This will take you to the workout setup screen for your selected Sufferfest workout. Please follow this link for a better understanding on how to Start Your Sufferfest Workout.