Moving Forward into 2014
Since the completion of the Race Across America (RAAM), Team Green Beret Foundation continues to support the cause. Moreover, three of the team members have competed in both bike and running events throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Andrew Schaaf and Dave Viens competed in the Wilderness 101 (that’s miles) mountain bike race. Likewise, Dave Johnson raced in the Mid-Atlantic Bicycle Racing Association Time Trial Championship (40km). Dave continues to train hard as he will undoubtedly dip below the 1 hour mark for the 40km TT in 2014. Andrew finished up the year by racing in the grueling JFK 50 (this is a running event and again that’s miles). Andrew finished in the upper third of the field with a 9’40” mile average for 50 miles. Incredible!
As for me, I’m taking on another challenge by competing in the 2014 RAAM 2-Man, 50+ category as a member Team Jill’s House (www.teamjillshouse.com). Headquartered in Vienna, Virginia, Jill’s House provides overnight respite care for children with intellectual disabilities and their families, (www.jillshouse.org). For over the past 2 years, Carol and I have been supporters of Jill’s House which is the only facility of its kind in the United States.
In an attempt to maintain fitness throughout the winter months, my 2014 RAAM teammate, Andy Felschow and I, along with my Team Green Beret Foundation brothers, are taking advantage of computrainer classes provided by Hefler Performance Coaching (www.heflerperformancecoaching.com/) at Green Lizard Cycling (www.greenlizardcycling.com/) in Herndon, VA. The coming months will require increased volume and intensity leading up to the June 2014 RAAM. I look forward to the challenge. Bike Safe – Gino