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craighaydock

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Lake Mills, WI
Member since November 13, 2016
"Prep for RAAM 20??"

About Me:

On my 40th birthday, I took a bet form my wife to lose roughly 40 pounds in exchange for her taking SCUBA lessons. I took up cycling to achieve that goal inside of 6 months. Going into the winter months and not wanting to pack on the "holiday pounds" I got a professional coach to keep me focused. It not only kept off the pounds, it also lead to an interest in bike racing.

My first year of biking, prior to getting a coach I participated in the Ride Across Wisconsin (RAW), a 175 mile ride across the southern border of the state. My second time doing RAW I finished considerably faster and with a lot more energy left over than I thought I should have. Considering I was still recovering from nearly a month off of the bike and was not on top of my game, I felt inspired to seek out something more epic than RAW.... which lead me to the Race Across America (RAAM). An epic 3,000 mile ride across the US in 12 days.

In 2017 I qualified to participate in RAAM by taking first place at the Minnesota RAAM Challenge qualifier. And, in 2018 I biked 1052 miles in a 72 hour indoor time trial. However, the following month my daughter came into this world and shifted my focus. Biking and exercise in general stopped for several months. The clock has been reset and I'm back up to nearly where I started on my 40th birthday.

I know I can do this and I know I can do RAAM so long as I stay focused, stay in shape, and plan everything meticulously.

Why I want to get in shape

I want/need a better power to weight ration (W/kg) for cycling. Especially for hill climbing, which I currently suck at.

I've been keeping track of my bike training for well over a year now. If I'm going to participate in RAAM in 2019, I need to be on top of my game and start taking my nutrition seriously too now. It doesn't help that for a while I was at least watching what I ate and got down to 173 and then gained 10 pounds because of losing that focus. I need to not only regain focus, but but get lower than I've been in a long time while not sacrificing fitness. That won't happen by just watching calories alone.

RAAM will be a brutal ride and every bit of fitness will be needed. The army saying is that "ounces equal pounds" which is a reminder to them of what they pack and carry for gear. In biking, people pay thousands of dollars just to lower their bike weight by a few ounces in effort to optimize their W/kg ratio. Given my current body weight... I have 10's of thousands of dollars to save just by loosing some excess fat. I would like to be down to low 170's by next race season and be in the mid 160's in prep for RAAM. From a body fat perspective... Ideally, I would like to be under 10% body fat for the race.

My Inspirations

  • Stay Healthy - don't get sick or injured as easily & recovery faster
  • Live Longer - who doesn't want to live forever?
  • Live Better - be able to stay active and enjoy my years
  • RAAM!!! - The ultimate epic ride!

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