How 9.5 hours on a turbo earned Colin Scott a Knighthood

By Guest Blogger | 6 Minute Read

To truly understand training platform and community The Sufferfest and the culture of my native "Sufferlandria", you really have to visit it.

"Sufferlandrians" have an innate need to suffer. Some, however, feel the call of our Nation more strongly than others and, in particular, have no wish greater than to serve other Sufferlandrians.

Our motto is IWBMATTYT (pronounced “Aye-Wuu-Bee-Ma-TEET”)...

“I Will Beat My Ass Today to Kick Yours Tomorrow.”

So, after many years of completing Sufferfest videos and the annual Tour of Sufferlandria (ToS), I finally decided to attempt to become a Knight of Sufferlandria (KoS) a few months back.

 

Colin Scott Knight of Sufferlandria attempt

 

Why?

We learn and grow by setting goals...

It's all about pushing boundaries and testing ourselves by getting out of our comfort zone.

Our lives are a journey, a roller coaster full of ups and downs. It’s not about the end destination, it’s about the ride along the way, a life full of adventure where we can face new challenges and try to grow from our achievements.

I remember many years ago reading something about IRONMAN and what it entailed. I was in awe of the people who had achieved this and never believed at that time I would eventually do one! The same happened for the Knight of Sufferlandria challenge...how can anyone do 10 brutal Sufferfest videos back to back, I thought when I first read about it?!

I have competed in many triathlons, from sprint distance to IRONMAN events, always inspired by the positive people and coaches around me who push me beyond my limits both physically and mentally.

So, I generally used the Tour of Sufferlandria - a nine day virtual cycling event on the platform - to kick start my season and lose the Christmas Belly! (I managed to shed 9kg and 5% body fat since 19th Feb 2019 and won a competition at David Lloyd Ringwood UK, where I normally do my Sufferfest and triathlon training).

I won some personal training sessions and a month’s free membership, which spurred me on (excuse the knighthood pun!) to mount my steed at home (on my Tacx Flux trainer, in my pain cave) and go for it!

 

The challenge was on...

Many anxious and sleepless nights followed more than any other challenge I have undertaken, which is strange but that's what challenges are for, to push the boundaries and put you outside your comfort zone!

I rehearsed my set up and found a routine that worked. I had a lot of support and encouragement from Sirs and Dames on the Quest for Knighthood Facebook page, for which I am so grateful.

The pain cave was ready and I was ready for my Quest for Knighthood, which was comprised of the following Sufferfest videos:

 

 

Quest No.

Floggings

Duration

(min)

Start

Finish

I

1

The Rookie

53

09:00

09:53

W

2

There is no Try

49

10:00

10:49

B

3

Angels

55

10:55

11:50

M

4

TBTITW

45

11:59

12:44

A

5

Do as your TOLD

42

12:53

13:35

T

6

Power Station

50

13:44

14:34

T

7

Butter

58

14:42

15:40

K

8

A VERY dark place

49

15:49

16:38

Y

9

GOAT

42

16:46

17:28

T

10

The Ominion

47

17:37

18:24


Many friends ('minions'), popped round during the day, including my friend and coach Will Newbery of 9 Endurance Coaching who has trained me from, dare I say it, a 'Couchlandrian', for over 10 years to help me achieve my goals.

 

Colin Scott Knight of Sufferlandria attempt will newbery

 

Potential pitfalls avoided...

The quest went to plan including the IT bits, settings, photos, etc. I was always dreading a power cut, a tech failure (although I had a back-up iPad ready) or a mechanical issue etc. Luckily none of those things happened.

Thanks to Sufferfest and my fellow Sufferlandrians for this challenge and experience. The workout videos and mind games are awesome!

During the quest I managed to stay hydrated thanks to a good friend of mine Andy Blow and Precision Hydration. I experienced the onset of cramp in my quads during the 6th video and luckily Andy (and the kids) dropped by just in time to give me some wise advice. Suffice to say, I drank my fair share of PH 1500...

 

Colin Scott Knight of Sufferlandria attempt Andy

Colin Scott Knight of Sufferlandria attempt kids

 

All knights need a good nutrition plan...

Hydration is most important, but nutrition is also crucial to success during a quest for Knighthood. I focussed on a healthy diet of 'pain shakes' (or smoothies) in the morning which generally contain banana, pineapple, various nuts, oats, tropical fruit juice, coconut water and some superfood seeds.

In the afternoon I had a vegetable or avocado smoothie with spinach, beetroot, celery, carrot, ginger, mint with apple juice and coconut water. In the evening, for dinner I have been eating mainly fish with rice noodles and vegetables like Pak Choi, which has helped with my weight loss.

I had similar 'pain shakes' during my KoS challenge, along with Mel Varvel's amazing breakfast bar for, yes you guessed it... breakfast!  Along with her Totally Wonderfuel balls, which are golf ball-sized balls packed full of the best nutritional ingredients. They come in various delicious flavours.

 

Plan to succeed, set realistic goals and suffer for good reasons...

During the build up to any challenge, you need to plan and focus on every detail.

The challenges we face are also a mental battle, generally with your chimp. If you've read the Chimp Paradox by Prof Steve Peters, you'll understand. If you haven't read it, I would recommend it! (My chimp is called Charlie...)

Challenges are a personal battle! Me against myself.

I have learned that you have to set realistic goals and, by breaking down the challenge into bite sized chunks, you can just focus on reaching each milestone. Like ticking off each flogging on the quest!

Then you can focus on being the best you can be at your own level, whilst still enduring the pain and suffering obviously!

During this challenge I also managed to raise some money for my favourite local charity - Julia's House - which supports terminally ill children and their families. (My 'suffering' lasted only a day...)

When I completed the quest I immediately received the KoS badge, the computer somehow knew! I was elated.

 

Colin Scott - Knight of Sufferlandria!

A few days later, whilst still grinning like a Cheshire cat, it was official. I received an email and my Bestowment of Knighthood certificate. It was an epic quest and challenge!

 

Colin Scott Knight of Sufferlandria post attempt drinks 

Kindest Regards,

Sir Colin Scott

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