Sufferfest. It’s a term that’s thrown around a lot in cycling and as far as I understand it, a Sufferfest is something that absolutely sucks, but in a good way that’s fun and enjoyable.
This semester I was in a photojournalism class and it was way different from what I’ve expected. I thought it would be more technical, teaching us about shutter speeds and apertures and the rule of thirds. Instead, it was significantly better than that. I was forced way outside of my comfort zone in terms of what I was shooting and having to build up confidence as a photographer. Usually, when I shoot I don’t have to talk to my subject since rocks don’t usually have much to say. In this class I had to get good at walking up to people, telling them I already had a photo of them and needed their name for captions. The biggest thing I learned from the class was the confidence I gained.
The Sufferfest project was my final. I took the project to cycling races around town. I wanted to highlight the suffer; the grit and determination, but also the fest; the triumph and successes of pro/amateur racing here in Boulder. Through this project, I’ve met some of the coolest people in the cycling community here, and it gets me really excited to start working at the Rapha Cafe this summer. This is the full essay.