That Race Across America course is massive. Over 3,143 miles, massive. 170,000 feet of climbing and it felt like more, massive. The challenge was so much bigger than I imagined. The commitment to just keep pedaling, to just be "in it" at all times. The loopiness, tiredness, joy, pain, delusion, the climbing, not sleeping, the weather - it was all so massive.
I got thru it with the support and enthusiasm of so many ppl especially supporters of the Challenged Athletes Foundation.
As for mentally handling this beast, I didn't think of the enormity of the continent before me but just what I had to do each day to get the job done. My job was to pedal, all day and everyday. Who cares what's ahead -if there are hills, storms, descents, mechanicals, big scary trucks, can't stay awake, heat, cold... you are going to ride through it all...
With an awesome crew Colin, Brad, OP, David, Jen, Darwin, Matt, Chris and Jackson it was even enjoyable! Also, I am eternally grateful for your friendships and commitments.
There will be follow-ups with stories and what I learned.
Time for sleep =)