I'm Randy Mouri and this blog is about my quest to be an official finisher in the Race Across AMerica (RAAM), the toughest endurance race in the world. It's over and I became an official solo finisher in 11 days, 1 hour and 13 minutes! We continue to raise money and awareness on behalf of Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia (Habitat NoVa). If you would like to make a donation to Habitat NoVa, please visit my page on Habitat’s site. Endless thanks to our sponsors and all the folks that have made such generous contributions. Team Mouri would not have been able to travel so comfortably, which certainly may have changed the outcome of the race.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Double digits to RAAM

How exciting!  We are now in the double digit countdown to the start of the Race Across America (RAAM).  92 days to go!  My body just heated up a degree, just thinking about it.

Training has picked up and is "starting" to feel more comfortable.  It takes time to settle into a groove.  Last week was 495 miles.  I was shooting for 520, but life moves on.  Sunday was a wonderful excursion over Skyline Drive to visit my parents in New Market, VA.  Susie met me there and we all went out for dinner.  My mom had a tiny scare with arterial fibrillation.  She had her heart shocked back into rhythm and has been doing well.  They're talking about another road trip out to California.  I'm not sure how they do it.  Sometimes I think they're the one's that should be doing RAAM.

Skyline was clear and nearly traffic free.  Spring doesn't attract as many visitors as the Fall foliage, but the view is still beautiful.  A quick stop after climbing Dickey Ridge.  Mile post 6.  This was taken with my phone, so forgive the transition breaks between photos. But I think you get the picture.

Skyline Drive.  Mile post 6.

Along with the increase in mileage, is a slight development of saddle sores.  This is going to be a difficult combination of treatment and miles.  Hopefully, I figure out the right combination.  I'm not sure I can afford to take too much time off of the saddle from this point on.  We'll have to just take one day at a time and see what happens.

Starting next week, I'll be highlighting some sponsor products.

Take that training outside and enjoy the views!


Osku said...

How saddle sores can be treated? All the best to you!

RAAM2011 said...

Check back on the blog and I will post all of my finding. Thank you for your well wishes.