The weeks seem to be flying by right now! When we started this journey to RAAM it seemed like it was so far way. Not anymore...with only 6 weeks between now and the starting line, the rubber is meeting the road. Nerves are starting to set in, last minute details are causing a little stress, and the training is more and more vital to a successful finish.
At the beginning of the month the team was able to ride together for a metric century in the Party to Pardee ride not too far from Sacramento. We did the Pardee ride one week after our 24-hour training ride.
As we posted earlier, the team (excluding Mike - couldn't make it) were able to participate in the Wildflower event in Chico, CA this past weekend. Although I personally set out to ride the entire century, I changed my goal at mile 33 and began to follow the Mildflower route, finishing 70 miles on Sunday. Kyle rode 65 and John completed the extent of the course, finishing with 104 miles for the day. The course was beautiful for the first half, but mostly flat and boring the second half. Although the sun was shining all day, it wasn't terribly hot. Overall, the day was great for all of us...although we realized even more areas that we need to continue focusing on and improving in.
One highlight of the day - we were able to connect with FLUID muscle recovery. http://www.livefluid.com/
This vendor was setup at the finish line and Kyle & I were able to talk with one of the founding partners and share a lot about TeamFARA and RAAM. Before our conversation was over, Richard donated enough containers to supply the team for the 9 days of RAAM! We are grateful for this form of sponsorship and are looking forward to a great friendship and partnership with FLUID.
And finally....meeting George Hincapie:
Mike and I were able to attend a Sponsor's Reception in Davis, CA for the AMGEN Tour of California! My employer, Nugget Markets, is a sponsor for the Davis stage of the Tour and were generous and kind to think of me for possible attendance to the event. We were able to visit with other local sponsors, admire the history and exhibitions contained in the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame in Davis, and enjoy great food and wine! The main draw - George Hincapie. Hincapie is a professional cyclist and will be racing the AMGEN Tour in just a few weeks! You can read more about him and his illustrious career at http://www.georgehincapie.com/