Personnel spin for charity
20 August 2014
Australian and Coalition personnel at Al Minhad Air Base have defied saddle soreness and pushed through the pain barrier in a recent spin bike marathon for charity.
Seven Australian personnel joined six counterparts for six-hours of non-stop spin at the Camp Baird gym in early August to raise more than $3,000 AUD for Legacy (Australia), British Heart Foundation and the United Arab Emirates Red Crescent.
The ride was split into six spin classes that lasted about 55 minutes per class with a five-minute recovery break between each set.
Sergeant Greg Janszen, Senior NCO of the Ground Support Equipment detachment said the challenge was his way of supporting Legacy to ensure they can continue their great work.
“I’ve been doing spin classes at night and thought it would be different to doing a fun run or something like that,” he said.
“After about four hours the legs were getting a bit sore but somehow they were not too bad the day after. We did a really good cool down and I expected a lot worse.
“I just have the usual aches and pains you would expect from sitting in a saddle for six hours!”
Major Gerry Smith, Officer Commanding the Joint Movements Coordination Centre at Al Minhad, said the ride was a good bookend to his Middle East deployment.
“I go home this month so for me it was a good way to finish my deployment on a positive note and raise some money for a very worthy charity,” he said.
“The ride was a great personal challenge and I managed to pull through it fine with only a couple of days of sore legs before I was right again.
“I was told we burnt something like 6,000 calories through a day’s riding which is pretty significant and it was also great to participate and crack jokes with our Coalition counterparts at Al Minhad Air Base.
The personnel pedalled their way to about 140km over the six-hour exercise at high intensity, low intensity and interval training programs.