“Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.” Marie Curie
For all of us who have met Peter, worked with Peter, Cycled with Peter, been taught or instructed by Peter, we know that he is gifted. This craziness of him “Storming” RAAM for the fourth time is all about his desire to accomplish things that are out of his comfort zone. Many of us attempt big goals, but most times, we know they are achievable – they are in the realm of the possible. That doesn’t mean they won’t be very difficult, and they won’t challenge us every moment that we are struggling to achieve those goals, but in all likelihood, there is a very real shot at getting it done.
Not so in RAAM. This is a beast of a competition that chews you up and spits you out. It doesn’t care the kind of bike, the hours/days/years of training, the current weather forecast, the budget you have to spend or that the clock keeps ticking – it cares not one whit. It will give (with tail winds) but it will mostly take (with heat and headwinds). Of course, this doesn’t begin to mention the 179,000ft of vertical climbing that the racers will experience over the 3,070 miles of pavement they will traverse. This bike race demands the very best from the athlete, body, mind and spirit in order to get to the finish line, weakness in any one area will spell failure.
While this is all true, our racer is prepared, he has the right equipment, the generosity of many of you has created a budget, and he has assembled a team that is laser focused on getting him to the end. He knows as well as any of his competitors what it takes to be successful at RAAM – Peter is ready…your job is to cheer so very loudly in support of getting him there! Pain is temporary, regret is ever lasting.