Fifteen years ago, after learning that my cousin Daryl was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) , I picked up a bicycle and joined the fight against MS by riding in the Bike MS Tour: 150, from Newport Beach to San Diego. In support, I have faithfully ridden the race and donated to the National MS Society.
In the last few years, my competitive nature and desire to push my physical boundaries have led me to compete in ultra-cycling events around the United States. My ranking within the “The Fire Weed: The Race Across Alaska 2009” qualified me to compete in the Race Across America (RAAM) 2011. In order to prepare for RAAM 2011, I completed the Race Across the West (RAW) 2010, 850+ miles starting in Oceanside, CA to Durango, Colorado. With the completion of the RAW, I felt I was ready to take on RAAM, about 3000 miles, 170,000 feet of climbing, from California to Maryland. I was familiar with RAAM, however, I never considered racing it until I unexpectedly qualified for it! At 60 years young, I did not care how fast or how long it took; all I knew was that I had to finish the race. I arrived at the finish line on 12 days, 16 hours, and 7 minutes later.
Now, I am taking on RAAM again. June 12, 2012 is when I will be at that starting line, ready to cross 12 states and passing through 88 counties and 350 communities. I will be competing within the 60-69 age bracket and working to better my previous time. Join me today and look out for updates on how I prepare for this epic endurance event! I will be posting pictures, videos, and blog posts to show those with interest what it takes to compete in this event as a young man like myself!