A 28-hour spinning class!
On December 2nd, 2019-- a new world record was broken. The longest non-stop spinning class in the history of God's green earth. Not one, nor 10, or even 20 hours, but 28 hours on a spinning bike! The spinning class was completed as a fundraiser for People for Bikes.
Aspire Cycling athlete Bennett Hug was tough enough (or crazy enough), to partake in this hulking behemoth of a spinning class. The thought of riding the trainer for longer than three hours makes me cringe, so 28 hours on a spinning bike is practically unfathomable.
Fortunately, I don't have to ride a spinning bike for 28 hours to get an inside look at what this feat was actually like. Bennett has been kind enough to answer some questions (and flex) on his new world record.
What made you decide to take on this insane feat?
Obviously, I didn’t really think this through. I thought it would be a relay event and I’d only have to ride a few hours. It’s been a really good year for me and this gave me a late season goal to focus on. It was then that I thought: what a great way to end the year. Paying forward all the support I got from family and friends by riding for a cause (People for Bikes) and doing something epic. I don’t think I even thought about the record until everyone poked fun at me for being nutz to even try it. Then I thought, if you’re going to be crazy, be world record crazy! #MeganMadeMeDoIt became the theme later too.
What were you thinking after the first hour was completed?
I started really conservatively. At 1 down, 27 to go the room was pretty electric so the reality hadn’t yet set in.
We all shared a lot of sharp wit humor which helped set the tone too.
What about when you were 8 hours in?
I had concerns about knee issues but was really nervous about the standing efforts that were overly taxing on my quads. It took me a while to figure out how to ride the spin bike more efficiently by adding resistance and slowing the cadence. I was constantly trying to figure out how to manage calories and fluids and the next break. My eyeballs were swimming from all the fluids I took in prior and my body was looking to flush it out every hour which wasn’t an option.
How’d you feel at 3 am when you’d been pedaling for 20 hours?
Man, that’s when the whole room took a dive. I felt good physically, but my eyes were really tired. I had managed food intake but I wasn’t liking anything I ate anymore. The mood was more tense and I wasn’t always very chipper. Using a port o potty in the dark in freezing temps was brutal!
Describe the feeling when you completed the spin class?
It was quite surreal when we told we stop pedaling. The room was crazy with media coverage, interviews. All this while we had to gather our stuff and break down so the studio could clean up and reset for their scheduled day classes! Pure chaos! Certainly relief that is was over and now you’re in the books!
How did you fuel this ride?
I did a 3 day moderate sodium and carb load and started the day on my normal protein shake with carb loader. I based the day on roughly 400-500 calories/hr, but knew I would never be able to eat that much. I drank about 2 bottles of water and 1-2 bottles of sport drink every 2-3 hours. Over the course of the day I ate 4 protein bars, Honey Stinger waffles, 5 bananas, 2 oranges, fig bars, 2 turkey sandwiches, sweet potato fries, chicken and rice soup, 8 homemade rice cakes, mashed potatoes, pretzels, egg and cheese sandwich, hash browns and 2 donuts at the end!
Was there ever a moment that you doubted you could finish?
I don’t think I ever thought about not finishing. The vibe in the room was strong. Once I realized my knee was good and found my pace I knew I was good to go.
What was the hardest part of this ride?
The overnight was tough but we didn’t really have any clocks visible just elapsed time. The last hour of the 3 hour stints were mentally tough for me. I just tried to focus on the pace.
Was it harder or easier than you expected?
Oddly it was both. I was tired but not exhausted, I never cramped or had any gastro issues. I was really surprised at how good my body felt after 26 + hours of moving time. It may have had something to do with the Aspire Cycling strength training program.
What was the first thing you did when you left Cyclebar?
I had another egg and cheese sandwich and passed out on the couch for 4 hours! I didn’t even shower!
Any other world record attempts planned?
No and I wouldn’t do this one again if someone breaks it. Then again, never say never, haha.