Long ride all in a day’s work
EVER wondered how much training you could fit in if work didn’t get in the way?
Tour de Office combined work and play last week when Ausmar Homes estimator Dave Schloss and Multisport Mecca editor Grant Edwards spent the day at their desks – but riding stationary bikes in the process.
After seven hours in the saddle, they amassed more than 160km. The tally was monitored by a Wahoo Fitness app synced to a Wahoo Kickr Snap trainer.
“The aim of the day was to simply roll things over and work in the process,” Grant Edwards said.
“Averaging 91 watts meant the leg fatigue never really set it, the greatest challenge was finding a comfortable position. Sitting upright means you can’t get your normal sit bone position, which meant a numb bum for most of the day and things certainly got challenging through the afternoon even though we double-kicked early in the day.
“It’s probably something you could handle on a regular basis for a few hours, but we wouldn’t recommend it become part of the usual training regime.”
Tour de Office was started in 2011 and aims to raise awareness about the health risks office workers face by sitting for prolonged periods of time. Research shows that sitting for more than four hours per day greatly increases your risk of chronic disease.
Two Suncoast Fitness spin bikes were also set up next to David and Grant at the Sunshine Coast Daily office, were they were joined by riders throughout the day for 30-minute stints.
Experienced RPM coach and instructor at Suncoast Fitness Dallas Blacklaw (pictured left) also dropped in for a spin.
“Surprisingly the day sparked a fair bit of interest from people keen to have a crack next year,” Grant said.
“Ausmar director Tony Bryan was away as part of his racing commitments in Canada and he’s already keen to make it an annual event.”
Dave backed up to race at the weekend, winning the mixed division of both the 15-hour and 24-hour events at the Dodge the Divide Rogaine with Kim Beckinsale.
David Schloss and Grant Edwards undertake Tour de Office. Top left, the data from the day showing 160km in seven hours.