Just finished up with Stage 2 of the 2014 Tour of Sufferlandria. I had recently purchased and reviewed the workout stage for the day – ISLAGIATT (It Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time) – so I won’t rehash the same review I just did a few days ago. Feel free to go back and read it if you want.
The funny thing is – this time the workout was harder than the first time I did it. Maybe it was because I wasn’t coming off of a workout from the day before last time…. (Anth – I now stand corrected from my earlier assessment that it wasn’t as hard as The Wretched…..that is, of course, unless I recant on Stage 5 when I face it again).
I do have to say that I had a few technical difficulties today. I guess in the virtual racing realm, they’d be the equivalent of flats. My AppleTV decided to stop sharing in the first few minutes of the race. I jumped off the bike and ran upstairs, but couldn’t find any reason it stopped.
So, I rigged up the iPad to do mirroring on the big screen. I ended up restarting the Stage. It went for a few minutes longer than the first time – then pooped out again (another flat). Arrrgggh! Was I going to have to drop out of the Tour already?!?!
I was desperate to continue – so I brought my music stand into the pain cave and set it up in front of the bike. I restarted the Stage once again. This time, though, I’d have to watch it on the iPad directly – using my wireless headphones to hear the great music. It wasn’t as impressive as on the big screen, but it’d have to do!
Halfway up the second climb, the wifi went out!! Another flat!! I stopped pedaling – huffing and puffing and panicking – until I eventually regained wifi service. Then, I had to figure out where I was in the video. After a few tries, I finally settled on an area that was pretty darn close to where I “flatted.”
The rest of the Stage went on without a hitch. At least, that is, until my Bluetooth headphones ran out of power. That was in the final cooldown part anyway, so it was no big deal. I got to miss the kinda weird Dr. Seuss-like poem thing at the end (and that was ok with me).
The Stage was tough – and my schedule tomorrow will have me doing Stage 3 in the morning. There will be no 24-hour recovery period. We’ll see how I’ll make out. Something tells me I might put the video directly onto my iPad so I don’t even need to worry about wifi…. We’ll see.