Monday, June 29, 2009
Race Across America Race Report
Yeah right, you think I can sum up a 3,014 mile race in one post?
Each leg is going to get its own post since each 5 hour shift was really it's own "race". But, below is the general gist of it all.
That was the hardest, coolest, longest, most fun thing I never thought I'd wanna do again, but sometime in the middle of the country, thoughts of wanting to do it again next year jumped into my head.
It really hasn't hit me that I was part of an 8-person team that just traversed the country via bicycle. Seriously. The week was a blur. When I was hanging out on the east coast, it really didn't feel like I traveled to the east coast. When I got back to San Diego sunday night, it felt like I left, but it certainly wasn't the usual feeling of leaving and coming back. Weird!
Race Across America marked the second time I have traveled from coast-to-coast, not by plane, and in the fastest manner possible. The other time was when I first moved out to San Diego, a little over 5 years ago, with my dad and I driving from MA to CA in 2.5 days.
There were 2 things I really wanted to do/experience during the race, and I got them both: climbing a part of the rockies (although, they got a piece of me too, which I will talk about later!), and riding my bike, at sunrise, while other people are too busy hitting their snooze bar or worrying about how much coffee they have to drink to start their day!
Obviously, there were many other things I was looking forward to, but all I kept hearing was "expect the unexpected" (which happened), so I didn't want to expect too much!
The video feed: Yes, I realize that the video feed wasn't working much. There are a lot of moving parts in this system, but one of the main limiters was line of sight to the satellite over florida. Mountains, trees, hills pretty much block the signal. There was considerable discussion over whether we are using the right satellite technology or not, and we definitely hope to get it better for next year. Personally, watching the video feed back in 2007 is what made me want to do the race!
Overall, the race was an absolute success. We averaged 22.23mph, beating last years time by about 4.5 hours with a total time of 5 days, 15 hours, and 53 minutes.
What an absolute incredible experience!
ps- This was my first official bike race! How 'bout that!