We had a lot of fun training this past weekend. On Saturday, we hit the Silver Comet Trail, starting at mile zero in Smyrna, then riding to the Alabama border at mile 62 and back to mile zero. The hardy Sam Maguire stuck with the team the whole way. That’s Dave, Frank, Mark and Jerome in the photo to the left. On Sunday, we rode the Atkins Park to Atkins Park brunch ride with many supporters – all proceeds going into our fundraising efforts. For good measure, and to make sure we got in at least 180 miles in this weekend, we added another 30 miles wherever any of us could fit it in.
For the next 3 weeks we will be squeezing in as much riding as possible before we taper off the week before the race. All our bikes go on the RV for transport out to Oceanside on June 3rd, so we will be on spin bikes that last week before the race.
All the riders seem to be on track with our fitness and conditioning. We are just trying to top it off, stay healthy and avoid getting burned out by overtraining. At this point, we are about as ready as we will be by race time. Everyone has about had it with the training and all are eager for the race to start. Our patient and indulgent families feel the same way.
The list of racers and teams entering RAAM this year is now about complete. There are 30 solo riders, 12 8-person teams and 25 4-person teams. They come from 17 different countries on 6 continents! It is truly an international event and one of the things that makes the race so interesting – especially the parties at the beginning and end of the race!
The team and crew are also especially busy with our fundraising. Have you heard from one of us? Let us know if you haven’t (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we will be sure to have one of our intrepid crew give you a call! Consider sponsoring a mile for $10 each and let us know to whom you would like to dedicate it. We’ll list their names in future enewsletters.
If you are in the Atlanta area, join us for the Atlanta Classics Bar Tour on Saturday, May 29th.