So, we have a basic understanding of how to navigate the Sufferfest App. It is almost time to start shedding Sufferlandrian holy water! Before we begin, we must cover a few more things in the workout setup screen. In this article we will cover:
- Basic Overview
- Setting Up Devices
- Streaming Vs. Download
Looking at the image below, there are few things that we want to highlight first, before we start to setup our wireless devices. You want to make sure that the Bluetooth logo is darkened if you are using BLTE sensors. That means it is connected. Also, the ANT + logo is darkened if you are using an ANT + dongle. For further information on BLTE and ANT + connections go to our iOS Device Compatibility Article.
On this page we will begin to connect our sensors. Before we get to that though, let's look at a few more features as we scroll down. You can automatically "Scan" for your device by depressing the "SCAN AGAIN" link. You can set up your starting intensity for your workout. Maybe you had a rough weekend of slaying couchlandrians? Well, Grunter Von Agony has authorized you to lower your intensity to 99%. Another key feature is the ability to download videos for offline use. Do you need to take your iOS device on travel, to the gym, or into the deep recesses of Mount Sufferlandria. The Minions at App development understand that Wifi access can be a bit couchlandrian at times. This is why you can guarantee that your Sufferfest workout will be steady and consistent by downloading it before you begin. Refer back to Start Using The iOS App for information on managing your device memory.
Setting Up Devices
Power and Virtual Power
The first place we will look at when connecting devices is the Power section. Within the power section, we have two options; we can connect a Smart Trainer or we can use virtual power. When connecting a smart trainer, we have the option to select ERG mode, which will control your resistance, or slope mode which will act as a standard trainer. We can also run a spin down test on our Smart Trainers.
If you are using a standard non-smart trainer, then we need to set up Virtual Power. For more information, read our Virtual Power Articles. When setting up Virtual power YOU MUST CONNECT YOUR SPEED SENSOR BEFORE YOU CONNECT YOUR CADENCE SENSOR. We bolded this because it is usually the most reliable method for virtual power to work consistently. You then can select your specific trainer or the "General Trainer" from our list. After you have selected all of the options for your trainer, we will then pick our speed device from the list. You may have to rotate your wheel a few times to wake up your specific speed device.
Lastly, we can again verify that our BLTE and ANT+ dongles are working. Sensors that are picked up via Bluetooth will have a red BLTE above them, and sensors that are using the ANT+ dongle will have the red ANT above them.
Setting up our cadence device is very simple. Simply select your cadence device that is displayed, and begin to turn the pedals to report your cadence. If your cadence device is not showing up, then you may need to turn the pedals a few times to wake up the sensor.
Setting up the Heart Rate device is also pretty straight forward. If you are having difficulties finding your Heart Rate device, please read the Troubleshooting Sensor/PowerMeter Connections Article.
Video Streaming Vs. Download
A great option in the Sufferfest App is the ability to download your videos for offline use. GVA has looked at many pictures of Sufferlandrian pain caves, and understands that even the best Wifi connection can be interrupted in the caverns of Mount Sufferlandria. This is why the Sufferfest has implemented the ability to download the videos for offline use. All video downloads are encrypted and can only be used with the App. You cannot take the videos out of the App and play them on another device. If you would like to own a video for personal use, you can go to our website HERE and purchase them individually or in a pack.
Minimum Internet Speed
The Minions at App development suggest a 4mbps download capability as a bare minimum for streaming the Sufferfest videos. 10mbps would be an optimal speed. You can check your download speeds for your internet connection at www.speedtest.net . Also, if you are operating at the minimum streaming suggestion, ensure your internet is not being used for any other tasks, as this will effect streaming performance.
As of now, each method of viewing the Sufferfest videos have different resolutions. This is due to the variety of Internet Speeds that Sufferlandrians are using. Here are the current playback resolutions for each method of viewing a Sufferfest video.
- Purchased Sufferfest HD Videos are displayed at 4400kbs.
- Streaming Sufferfest Videos are displayed at 3200kbs.
- Sufferfest Videos downloaded for offline use are displayed at 2200kbs.
The lower resolution for videos downloaded for offline use are a function of preserving memory space on Sufferlandrian devices.
Now that your equipment is set up to record your suffering, you have verified your workout intensity, and decided if you will run your workout in streaming or download mode; it is time to Suffer greatly!
The next step is to understand your workout environment in the Workout Page.