After spinning for several months, Jimmie Surles, a retiree, and Sgt. Terrence Sinapati, 582nd Medical Logistics Company, 61st Multifunctional Medical Battalion, 1st Medical Brigade, completed the Le Tour de Hood spinning challenge in December.
Surles finished with a total of 860.1 miles and Sinapati finished with a total of 716.1 miles.
Surles knew from the beginning that he was going to complete the challenge and was happy that he accomplished his goal.
“(I was) feeling like a champ,” Surles said.
Participants received prizes after completing each stage of the challenge – like mugs, water bottles and a Morale, Welfare and Recration cap, but Surles and Sinapati’s favorite was the T-shirt that was only given to participants who completed the challenge.
“The best one was the yellow shirt at the end of the competition it reads, ‘I crushed Le Tour de Hood,’” Sinapati said.
Though Surles always seems energetic in class, he admitted that the biggest challenge for him was coming to class even when he didn’t feel up to it.
“It’s always a challenge. Some days I don’t feel like attacking, but I get here, Pat starts the music and we start spinning then I get into it. Somedays I drag in, I’m not feeling it,” Surles said.
Sinapati’s favorite part of spinning class, besides the energetic atmosphere, is spinning with his wife Sabrina.
“Spinning with my wife and the motivation from the group and of course responding to Ms. Pat’s cheerful comments,” Sinapati said of his favorite part of spinning class. “Also, recording my miles, calories as well. At the end of the class you get what you put in.”
They both love a challenge.
“The challenge would be to go the distance. We do the climbing then we turn around and we sprint. I love the sprints. That was a challenge because I was trying to get it all in,” Surles said. “Sprints are really where I get all of my miles in. Climbing’s good because climbing works the core, it works the endurance, but I love the sprints.”
Sinapati believes spinning benefits him in both the Soldier and personal aspects of his life.
“Spin really helps me in so many ways, my lung capacity improves, more energy afterwards and doing my best to improve myself,” Sinapati said. “I can spin all day everyday even if Ms. Pat’s goes over an hour or so,, which it did happened one time. I’ve had a lot of spin teachers since I joined the class and each of them taught me different ways and I take it as a learning mechanism. The energy I get from Ms. Pat is off the chart …”
Spin to the Pacific is the new challenge and it will run through Dec. 31 this year.
“Each leg is about 208-250 miles. Each leg is about a month,” Toni Kornegay recreation specialist for the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare & Recreation, said. “The final leg is the participant choice. They can choose their final destination, which is one of three beaches on the Pacific coast.”
Surles is looking forward to the new challenge and has set the same goal for himself as the Le Tour de Hood.
“(To) come out on top,” Surles said.