Three Weeks Left!
In less than 3 weeks I will cross the starting line in Oceanside, CA and ride 930 miles nearly nonstop to Durango, CO in the Race Across the West. As June 13 closes in, the training continues and the race is becoming more of a reality.
This weekend I did a 400-mile training ride (just under half the distance of RAW) over 2 days, with the company of a couple of my Clifton Cycling Club riding partners. This followed a 300-mile training ride I did 3 weeks ago. These big training blocks tested and helped me hone my nutrition and rest plans, verified that there are no issues with my bike fit, and allowed me to mentally prepare for RAW. I will rely on Skratch Labs hydration and recovery mix to get the sustenance that I need to pedal for 3 days nonstop.
Since I will not be sleeping much, my crew will have to remind me to eat and drink, which will make this more than simply a solo race. RAW is as much a team endeavor as it is an individual event. My crew is composed of 6 dedicated people, 3 of whom crewed during Team GBF’s winning Race Across America performance in 2013. I am excited to be able to share this experience with a mix of first-time and returning crew, because they are as dedicated to the cause as my fellow riders Dave Johnson, Gino Elsea, Andrew Schaaf, and I are.
I am happy to answer any questions you may have about the RAW or The Green Beret Foundation: training, logistics, why I race, what difference you can have, etc. Comment on this blog, send me an email, or post on our Facebook Page. I encourage you to share our mission and donate what you can, as every dollar makes a difference in the lives of our injured warriors and their families.
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