Wednesday, May 26, 2010

RAAM Expectations

RAAM starts two weeks from today. I have a hard to telling exactly how physically well prepared I am, but I think my coach has me where I need to be. If not, there's not a lot I can do to change that now.

I'm often asked how I'm going to do this year, and the honest answer is that I just don't know. I had some tough times last year, but then after Taos I probably had the race of my life. My goal is to knock some time off of last year's total, but who knows what this race will throw at me. I consider RAAM very much like a boxing match. It's going to hit me with some hard punches right to the gut, and we'll have to see how I respond.

For those who will follow the race over the Internet, my expectation is that I will get off to a very slow start. I am not a rabbit, but rather a tortoise, and I get into some real trouble when I try to be something that I'm not. Jure Robic, Mark Pattinson, and Gerhard Gulewicz will most likely dominate the first three race positions - these guys are the real deal. After that, there's 27 other solo racers (including myself) who are extremely well qualified for this race. You can see their profiles at Most all of these other solo riders are physically faster than I am and would kill me on a 24 hour race. My hope is that I can be very competitive with these other 27 riders by sheer willpower and perseverance, though I acknowledge that they seem to have this same drive that I do.

Whatever happens, I hope everyone enjoys the race.