Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Skinny guy from Boulder to Race Across America


My neighbor sent me this message last week. We served on the HOA board together for a year and I had no idea that he was so competitive as a cyclist that his team has a chance to set a Race Across America record. I keep nagging him to bring his cycling team (and water polo team) into the gym. Randy is great at working with endurance athletes!


Perhaps not be an entirely unique headline. But this time, you know that skinny guy … me.

In less than three weeks—Saturday, June 17th at high noon—the Race Across America (RAAM) will depart the Pacific Ocean in Oceanside, CA. RAAM is widely considered "the world's toughest bike race" and will be a test larger than I've ever attempted.

After 3007 miles of cycling round-the-clock—in desert heat, over Colorado mountain passes, buffeted by wind on the plains, up steep pitches in the Appalachian mountains and a tour through Gettysburg—we'll arrive at the Atlantic Ocean in Annapolis, MD. Hopefully in under 6 days!

I'll be racing as part of a 4-person mixed relay team: Love, Sweat & Gears.

We are racing to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Our goals are simple but lofty:
1. Win our division (coed, four-person)
2. Set a new course record if weather permits (current record is 21.3 mph average speed)
3. Raise nearly $100k (we're more than halfway there)

I write partially to give this update, partially to ask for your support:
- Wish us luck … or call us crazy
- Follow our progress live during the race
- If compelled, donate to our fundraising efforts
- Feel free to forward this along to folks you think may be interested

Two years ago I turned wrenches as the mechanic for the record-setting team of tandems. This year, I'm turning the pedals. Let's just say, I'm more nervous this time!

Love, Sweat and Gears (LS&G) is a 501(c)3, entirely-volunteer non-profit, donations are generally tax-deductable. RAAM is an annual race, now in its 36th year, with racers coming from all over the world to compete.  Since 2012, LS&G has placed 5 teams in RAAM raising money for a cause each time. Two LS&G teams set new records in 2015 records (2 woman team 50-59) and (4 tandem team, mixed under 50).

Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is a multisystem disease caused by a genetic defect with about 1,500 variants.  In the US, there are ~30,000 individuals diagnosed with CF. Cystic Fibrosis primarily affects the digestive system and lungs. The supplemental digestive enzymes alone can cost a patient over $30,000 per year in addition to the cost of the breathing treatments.  The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation has been working to raise funds for research for medications that will allow these individuals to live relatively normal lives yet does not receive funds from any government agency.  Because of the efforts of the CFF, a child born today with Cystic Fibrosis has a real chance of reaching age 40, whereas 50 years ago, the life expectancy was about 6 months.

Thanks and wish us luck,

- Scott



Warm-up

row 500 / run 400
crawling lunge
10 KB swings or snatches
double KB overhead lunge
10 TGUs or windmills
10 goblet squats
5 pull-ups or push-ups or dips

Strength

squat 8-8-3x8

Accessory/Skill

2 pull-ups + 2 dips between strength sets

Group Workout

use the rest of the hour to slowly work up to a heavy clean



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