Tuesday, December 30, 2008
2009 is upon us and with that comes many new challenges. Racing Across AMerica comes to mind in June and well, if you're like me...it is the all-consuming thing that fills my thoughts daily. TSH is now moving forward as a 4 person team with a mission to 1. Provide for Camp Odayin and 2. Make the trek across America in style and speed. Our team is a focus driven team of passion and desire - born from many different avenues of life - all for one purpose.
I know I speak for the others when I say that I cannot sleep at night sometimes. Our dreams follow our thoughts - be it joy or fear...I must say that I have both types of dreams about this race. I know there will be pain....and underneath it all the joy of the struggle, the joy of the training and the blessing of the fellowship always wins. And when we come to Camp Odayin to present our giving nature - the joys of the children will make our journey complete.
TSH and Silent Sports Foundation (SSF) have teamed to make 2009 yet another productive year in the lives of children. Contributions to SFF will provide a way for kids to enjoy the simple pleasures of life and will assist us in RAAM and continued exposure for Camp Odayin. We do need your support in donations, sponsorship, volunteerism as a crew members, training and of course prayers along the way.
Our team has embarked on an epic saga that will take us to new levels of focus - preparing for what is 6 months from now. It will take countless hours on trainers, changes in our lives, endless hours on the road, planning and preparation - need I say more? We do need your help. If you are looking for a way to help TSH in 2009 or you know of others that feel the need to give - don't hesitate to reach out - we have many things to attend to.
So for now....I say thank you for your interest and thank you for being in support. Seeing that the morning comes quickly these days and my bike is waiting to wake me up in the morning - I am signing out.
To quote our 2008 soloist (Tim Case)....
Keep the rubber side down.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
For new visitors to the site, please be sure to check out individual member blogs, found on the right side of this page. For returning guests, welcome back!
Team Strong Heart was founded in 2006 for the purpose of raising awareness and funding for Camp Odayin, a national camp for children with congenital heart defects and disease.
Team Strong Heart is a band of dedicated bicycle racers and volunteers who have participated in many sporting events for our charity. The largest event that we have partnered with is the Race Across America bicycle race. This race is the biggest ultra-endurance event in the world and is a non-stop bicycle race that begins in Oceanside, California and ends 3000 miles later in Annapolis, Maryland.
For 2009, Team Strong Heart will be hosting two 4-person relay teams for the Race Across America. We are currently seeking both racers and crew members for the event which kicks off next June. If you have ever wanted to participate in an unbelievably rewarding and challenging ultra-endurance event, now is your chance!
For more information about being a part of Team Strong Heart, please contact team member Tim Case at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stay tuned for more details about our upcoming events, racer profiles and plans for the upcoming year...
Team Strong Heart
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Trailhead Cycling and Fitness, our sponsoring shop, will host an open house this Saturday (6/28) at 6PM. The TSH raffle drawing will also take place at this time. Last chance to buy tickets!
TSH will be at the shop beforehand (early afternoon) offering Raffle Tickets, TSH Tee-shirts, and TSH socks. If you are interested in Team Strong Heart cycling clothes - orders are still being taken.
Thanks again everyone for your support!
Team Strong Heart
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Everything is sore. I imagine millions of micro tears, deep within my bones and connective tissu. My heart is slow, but pounding massively. As I lay here in bed, I can literally feel each pulse of the heart and legs and lungs that just somehow got me across the country, by bicycle, in a bit over 11 days. The Race Across America, solo, is a unique metaphor and analogy for life’s ups and downs. Climb to descend, thaw to freeze, death and rebirth, every single minute of every single day. I’ve hand plenty of time recently to consider these ideas and what follows are just a few ideas spurred on by a simple guy with a simple goal, a crew with goals, a bike race across the country and what you come to understand at 3am in the mountains of New Mexico. Everything is connected. My body is held together by what quite simply are a system of levers, surface area, engines and the like. When one part of the system begins to fail, chafe, or otherwise draw-down, the another steps in for relief. Saddle sores are the bane of existence and the tiniest of problems will soon open the gate to hell for the rider who chooses to deny or ignore. Nothing is alone. Companionship is surrendipitous and often times completely unexpected. I count the cattle, the stars, cliffs and painted highway lines as my friends. Jim and Ryan are also now very important and we have shown that the true team draws closer with adversity and keeps the light shining on the lonely rider at all hours of the day. First light of morning reminds me that the sun also rises and shines for me and for every one in my life. Fatigue is relative. My fatigue was driven by hundreds of hours perched on my bike. The kids I ride for are born into a life of fatigue and pain and these things aren’t in the same universe. Bless my fatigue so that others might live well. The only thing bad thing about adversity is how you choose to respond. RAAM is about conflict, survival and finding moments of peace surrounding a mass of riders, crew, weather, technology, hope and failure. How we roll with the punches is by answering another call. Fight to get knocked down to fight again. Quite yer’ whining. The only easy day was yesterday is only true if yesterday was easier. The only easy part of solo RAAM is that there is no easy part. There are no easy yesterdays in RAAM. There are days that work and then everything else. We define RAAM. The Race Across America is defined by the racers, RAAM volunteers, the crew of each racer and the American countryside. The definition of RAAM changes each year because we are always changing, hopefully becoming better and treating each other with respect, dignity and kindness. RAAM inspires. The RAAM brings people from all walks of life together on a world stage that millions of people pay attention to each year. I am inspired by the quick and the bold and then I enter the race to inspire others. The effect ripples out from the center. The great effect of RAAM is that each year there are hundreds of “centers” and the ripples keep getting wider, traveling farther. RAAM perspires. Yep, you’re gonna sweat. In my case I sweat, I bled, I burned, I chaffed, I cried, I mumbled incoherently, I had Technicolor hallucinations that only ended with some rest, only to return later, I yelled for the sun to come out and warm me up and I cursed the wind pummeling me from the side. My vision is to stick with this thing and see where it goes. As I lay here, I’m already beginning to look at next year and see what that may bring. When we get back to Colorado I’ll be updating this blog frequently with tons of comments, pictures and thoughts on the race past. Your support and encouragement inspired me to reach my goals when the cards were down. Your phone calls, blog comments, prayers and hopes fueled my fire that sometimes raged like an out of control wildfire and sometimes smoldered like a wet log. You and I and our crew got there TOGETHER and that means everything to me, at the end of it all.
Friday, June 20, 2008
I am moved by this last update from Michelle. Thanks everybody, it made a difference. What an amazing thing.
From Yellow Scene blog:
Once again, the night was so difficult. The most difficult moment came around one in the morning. He just stopped.
“I can’t do it, I have nothing left in me in,” he said. “I have just no strength.”
In reality he was riding really well. He just hit a mental wall.
“Maybe I just need to sleep.” With that, he laid down.
While he was resting, I checked the Team Strong Heart blog. Neil had called for people to send their thoughts to help Tim.
I was amazed that there were 11 comments. I read every single comment to Tim that was on that one page.
That is what gave him the motivation to keep going. I told him, you owe it to them.
This is a blessing that these 11 comments came in at this time. It is so surreal to him. He just doesn’t believe it that so many people are looking after him. He doesn’t comprehend how big of a deal it is.
He’ll get one day.
The real news is that we crossed the finish line at 7:38 local time this morning.
He is sound asleep right now. He had four slices of pizza, a shower and he passed out.
It was an amazing night, and an amazing ceremony.
He was riding really strong, we were feeling really good about the night. He was amazing in the hills, but as the night fell that was our difficult time.
Behind the messages, we motivated him with the competition. Basically one rider ahead of us, Julio Paterlini, had time penalties.
And we thought we could catch him. We used that as his incentive. We knew that was a good motivator for him even though he said that he didn’t care.
Once we realized that catching Julio was out of the question, we just wanted to give Tim an enjoyable finish to the race. The last 100 miles were the toughest of the race. We kept telling him the quicker you get through it, the quicker it will be over.
The crews kept leap frogging him through the night to keep Tim motivated. He rode the final 26 hours with only four or five 15-minute breaks.
But by early morning the sun was rising, and we needed one last push from Time Station 52, just 54 miles from the finish. Kevin, Tim’s brother and crew member, got word we had one more surprise waiting for us.
Tim’s Grandma, Nan, drove up from St. Augustine, Fla., to meet him at the finish line. She’s 85!
We had to find something else to get him to go on; that was the last piece of motivation.
Then we got a call from Annapolis. The fire department was there waiting for Tim (we didn’t set this up). They had two engines waiting for him at the finish. They gave him a huge salute as he pulled in.
When he pulled in to the finish, Tim was crying.
Everybody was cheering for him. He did tons of interviews. We felt like superstars, like NBA players showing up. The fact is, Tim is a superstar. In the history of RAAM only 200 or so of the solo riders have finished. He is one of those.
Of course, our bike seat awed the RAAM museum people, and they want it for a display. They were so impressed with our creative—that is what the RAAM is about.
Tim was so gracious, so happy as everybody talked with him. We started kidding him: You ready for your 15-minute nap? How about an energy bar?
He was so happy.
We hung around for a little bit; some people just off the streets were congratulating him. His Grandma had already booked a hotel room for us; she paid for everything. She is just so amazing.
Tim took a shower, when he got out there were two big pizza pies waiting. He is fast asleep right now. He’ll wake up in a few hours for the awards ceremony tonight.
He is a huge success. It’s going to take his body two months to heal from this. It is massive trauma to the body.
I am completely exhausted right now and trying to keep my eyes open. Tim wants to write something for everybody. We’ll get that up soon.
He says that now, but who knows if he’ll even wake up for the ceremony tonight. Thanks again for all your support!
—Michelle Pearl, Tim’s girlfriend and crew member. Dictated to Jacob Harkins.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Last night Tim road strong into the early morning when he went down for a short sleep in the truck. In the mean time, Gordon and I drove ahead with hope of getting some sleep. On the way we got a phone call that Tim was expressing boredom. We immediately pulled off to a McDonalds for some Wifi, and downloaded some audiobooks and podcast of his favorite comedian Brian Regan. He really loved it. Unfortunately as Gordon and I thought we were being prodctive towards our sleep location, we realized that we made a wrong turn somewhere, and were lost. This became so frustrating as every moment for sleep is prescious, and now we were wasting this opportunity by trying to get back where we needed to meet Tim and the crew. After some amazing GPS and map reading skills by Gordon, who at the same time was trying to calm my frustrations we made it back. It was shift change and we dozed for 2 hours until we were off again.
Tim got back on the road at 4 a.m and was looking strong. Our new sleep plan seems to be working, He isn't getting double vision, or going in this weird mental state as he was before. On the other hand, Gordon and I were in oversleep heaven, and thats when the giggles came out. It didn't matter what was said, and giggle away. This was when I opted to try my first redbull, and WOW that stuff works.
Tim rode hard, and made it to Bloomington,Indiana by mid morning, which he was excited about. He took a short nap, we switched crew, and he was on his way towards Ohio. Gordon and I moved ahead to try and get sleep as usual. We drove 150 miles forward with a great game plan for the team and of course there was no hotels. So in a pinch we back tracked on the route and found this true dive of a place that after checking in we immdeiately checked out due to the horrid smell and conditions. Once again we just couldn't find a moment to sleep. We have now moved much more forward on the route so we can rest and be preparred for Tim soon.
Today he and Ryan Corry road together for a little bit going towards time station 40. I haven't talked to Tim personally about it, but it sounds like there might a little motivation in the air for each of the riders.
For me I am feeling a little emotional challenges as I watch Tim push the pedals. I see his struggles, his gains, his pain, and his push, and it all amazes me. I have moments where I can't understand why someone would push their body to thse limits, and then I have other moments where I just can't stop watching his beautiful style and grace on the bike, and amazing drive that inspires me in too many ways to describe.
We only have a little over 500 miles to go, and I am confident Tim will make it. It is just up to him what the game plan will be. His crew will be behind him every step of the way!
The team is within 24 hours make that 20 hours if everything goes just right. This time will fly for them; they are almost in!
Monday, June 16, 2008
We are just so exciting getting to the Mississippi; this is a really big deal. This was part of the disagreement we had with the two team members who left us. They never thought he could get there. We knew all along he was going to get there.
It still was tough, though. Tim had a little bit of an emotional breakdown last night. He was confused. There are always these ebbs and flows. But we got him back to healthy by the morning, and that was our goal.
And yet again, we have come up with a new game plan for his sleep plan, but it is a secret. We have been doing these long days, 18 hours or so. It gets really dangerous toward the end. The new plan is awesome, but it’s a secret.
It isn’t nearly as exciting as our seat, which Tim says over and over; “Saved my life, the seat has saved my race.” Part of it is he forgets he already told us that, but he says it’s like riding on a sofa.
Beyond tweaking schedules and the seat, we are always looking for new ways to find motivation for Tim to help him along. Earlier today, we were going from time station 35 to 36, and I was looking at the race stats on Tim’s iPhone, because I am constantly checking the stats … I thought “oh my god, the Team Strong Heart relay team should be really close.
Literally two seconds later, they were right there. The RV saw us, passed by and got out and clapped. Tim got off his bike for a minute and everybody said hi. It was really good to have that sense of team. This helped him more than they know.
Then we have this other exciting thing he doesn’t know about. Gordon and I are heading to the next check point while the other support vehicle is with Tim. Tim’s parents are driving down and are going to be there at the checkpoint.
He may think he is hallucinating when he sees them.We’ll even give him a few minutes off the bike to hang out with him.
We are going to also ask another local fire department to pull out the engines and give him a little support (he’s a Boulder firefighter). Hopefully they won’t get a call this time.
Basically, this is a really exciting time station. The distractions are going to slow Tim a little, but we have that factored in.
We have to balance time off the bike with giving him motivation. Seeing his parents is well worth the few minutes it will slow him.
That’s it for now.
Interesting day for the team. Lots of detours and changes. They are starting to feel the ride but I reminded them that they will smell the barn soon. When you get close to the end you start to speed up. They are almost there!
If you look at the profile of this time station you can see why I call it "The Pins." This was the hardest part of RAAM for me. Tim is through it and now can simply ride for a while and the team is in it right now and seem to be doing great. They have extended their gap and look to be moving right along. The crews are doing a great job at keeping the riders' heads in the game. The crew is critical and they are doing a great job! Keep it up!
Sunday, June 15, 2008
I just arrived to a hotl room in Washington, Missouri where Gordon (crew member) and I are going to take a 3 hour nap before Tim arrives. Things were supposed to go smoothly. We were going to drive ahead and get rest after a long day prior with chopped non-quality sleep, and Tim and the rest of the crew would do shift change later. Welllllll, not quite said mother nature. A HUGE storm rolled into the area right as Tim was pedaing towards Time station 32. I was already 50 miles ahead when I got the call that we have his rain gear. Well, so much for that rest. It was rush, rush, rush back to met Tim and the crew. We came up with a quick game plan around the storm which unfortunately slowed us down a little, but was invitable due to Tim's safety. It wasn't much time later and a little prayer was answered as the storm moved south, and the route moved east. Tim road through only 16 miles of downpours, and then the sun and tail winds arrived :-) He is currently 40 miles away from here where he is flying through the hills....
So let me back up to yesterday and how we got to today.
Tim approached the Sedgwick Fire Station 33, and as soon as he pulled in when they were going to do this great display of lights and sounds, they OF COURSE got a call. Yes our luck. But we still hung out there, and these guys were the nicest most generous people that just really made our day! We got to give Tim a little lunch, a bathroom, shade, massage, and some chit chat in the environment he is most comfortable with for motication. Then he continued on, and Gordon and I stayed, did som wash, took ice for the coolers, and got update the blog. Thanks again to all the guys at Station 33!
That was a start of a day that just seemed perfct. Tim was cruising, and told us this was the best day he was having. All saddl e sore pain is gone with our new seat, and minimal knee pain. He said he just couldn't believe how smooth things were going, and how strong he feels. We pounded through 280 miles by the end of the day, and unfortunately had a little mishap that was a very close call. Once Tim starts to get into extreme tiredness he becomes real foggy, and we have to watch him closely. We were doing a bottle hand off and as he went to ride away from the vehicle, he lost balance on the ruts along the line of the road and his bike got stuck under the wheel rim of the vehicle. I truley thought it was all over. BUT...once again it wasn't. We took him to a hotel where Eric (crew cheif) was sleeping, and he took care of everything. His bike was fine, but a defenite scare, and a yucky way to end an almost perfect day.
This morning was tough as Tim was very groggy and slow to wake up. A bit irritable, but always kind to us. However an hour later he showed his strength and told us wants to make it to the Mississippi River by the evening.
Tim amazes us every minute of the day. I truley don't know how he just pedals that bike non-stop for hours on and the way he does. This morning when in his waking up, cranky state he asked me why he's doing this, and I reminded him how through this experince he will always know his amazing abilities to be a fighter, and a surviver for any challenge in his life.
Oh, and don't let me forget. So yesterday afternoon, as Tim was powering through Kansas he tells us how he is having hallucinations, and tried to show us the cartoon animals in in the road. Yah that was when we put his sleep plan together.
Speaking of sleep, I think its time for that.
See ya on the other side of the Mississippi next time we speak!
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Tim's bike modifications. (Picture from RAAM site.)
Early Saturday morning TSH passed another group and is making great time. They have the wind at their back at this point. The crew and riders are tired but doing well.
A lot has happened since our last full update. Unfortunately, we lost two of our crewmembers. We had to make decision. Basically there was just a conflict of interest in the goals and the needs of Tim. This was for his benefit; we just allowed those crewmembers to move on.
It was kind of a mutual thing, and Tim was OK with the choice. Needless to say, we had to quickly change the course. Again.
We are down to four crewmembers, and it’s working out well.
Before I go onto the real time updates, I must tell you more about Tim’s medical issues. Tim was really struggling because these saddle sores were really bad. This was near Taos, two days ago. Because of the saddle sores, he was getting this horrid knee pain on the right. He couldn’t really do a real down struck. He had these two injuries going on, and he was in so much pain because he could only pedal three strokes and then he had to coast.
This came at the worst time. We had this amazing tail wind. Everyone was taking advantage of it, going 25 to 30 miles an hour. But because of Tim’s pain, he couldn’t.
We were close to calling it quits. We figured it was worth our time to stop and figure something out for his bike. Looking in the car, I thought, “oh my god, my massage table, the face of the table—it’s a doughnut.”
We basically put the face cradle on top of his seat saddle so we completely take all the pressure away from his saddle sore. We were all hysterical. His knee pain has almost gone away. Since then Tim has gained a ton of time. We have eliminated all medical issues.
He is starting to gain time on all the racers.
Our big adventure today was in Platt, Kan. This guy at the McDonald’s gives you what ever you want for free. He wants to support the RAAM.
It was really cute. Tim pulls in the middle of the night. He had his big sweater on. He ate. Ooh boy, he ate. He ordered two breakfast wraps and the deluxe platter with pancakes, eggs and a large OJ.
When we pulled into McDonald’s, everybody was jealous of our seat. We also put egg crates near his handlebars so he can just lay there in comfort. I’ll send pictures soon.
At the McDonald’s, we got advice on the sleeping thing from Danny, the RAAM historian. We were about to get a hotel room, and Danny asked us to take his hotel room. We all got to sleep—it was so nice and generous.
Because of the medical issues being gone, he is on the bike more during the day, so he can sleep more at night, up to 3 or 4 hours.
We are strong now. Tim is strong. We are going to get in 7 hours early of the cut off at the Mississippi River.
Tim’s whole attitude since we alleviated the pain is different. He is a racer now.
We are in this 100 percent.
He is heading toward time station 26. We are ahead of him by about two hours. He is with the crew behind us.
We just passed Sedgwick Fire Department (Tim’s a Boulder firefighter). Tim’s going to be rolling through there in two hours; they are going to roll out the engines and do a little parade for him.
That’s going to motivate him.
He is excited to show people what he can do.
That’s it for now. I’ll update you guys tomorrow.
Friday, June 13, 2008
These pictures are great. And what a fantastic idea. Thank you to the friends of Jay at Three Rivers Park District.
Holly R sent these pictures from Flagstaff, AZ. As of Friday morning, June 13, Team Strong Heart was keeping a 17.5 overall riding average. Their last Time Stop they recorded a 21 mph average. They have moved up into 3rd place overall. They have been on the road now for about 30 hours. We are all very proud of the team and we wish them safety the rest of the way!
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Last night we were back on the road at 7:15 RAAM time, and it was a painful start for Tim due to a real sore saddle. He pushed through the pain, and got into his groove powering through very tough climbing and terrain straight through the night going well over 200 miles by the sunrise. The crew pulled into time station 13 at sunrise where we got creative with a gel seat cover, and some tape, and Tim rode off telling us that he was teary eyed because he wasn't in pain for the first time.
The crew swicthed a few miles forward while Tim kept pedaling. We drove ahead to write a few fun motivational words in chalk on the hills for him to read as he rides up. "GO TIM".
The wind is still blowing, and Tim is still riding into the sunset after a little sandwich rest break. We are finally going to get some rest so we are preparred for the morning crew shift change, and are continually encouraged by Tim's strength, amazing abilities when on the bike, and dedication to this mission.
Keep the rubber side down.....
Check out http://yellowscene.com/blog/ for more!!
Tim looks to have a good rhythm going as he is moving up the list of riders. Way to go Tim and crew! It looks like it is a good day. We can’t wait to hear from you! Way to go team!!
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Today is (wait, let me check) Tues June 10th. The first 2 days were packed with challenge, and adventure. Tim started out strong leaving Oceanside at 12:00in the afternoon Cali time in which he headed in to the prime heat and tremendous mountains of California. For the first entire day into the evening, due to narrow roads, all racers were not allowed to have direct support. Our first crew shift had to do what's called "leapfrog" support for Tim which means drive a few miles ahead where it is safe and have food, water, and nutrients waiting to manually pass to him from the road as needed.
By the first night the effects of the heat, adrenaline of the race, and the terrain started taking its toll. The next 12 hours into yesterday posed physical and psychological challenges, and by 3 in the afternoon, Tim was questioning his deepest self. As a crew divided of people with many skills, we knew we had to take control to help Tim work towards his dream of completing this race. We decided it was time for a rest, and Tim needed to sleep in order to heal ad replenish his body to get him to a good place again. During his down time, the crew did calculations and came up with a serious stetegy and plan for Tim. We are the people closest in his life, and know how he functions. Tim is a type "A", go getter, and mythodical person. He needed a methodical plan, and that's what we devised.
2 hours later Tim woke up as a new man, and new desire for this challenge. Half the crew that had been up for now 36 hours stright stayed at the hotel to rest and get clean while the second half of the crew continued with Tim into the night. We restarted on the road at 8: 30 p.m and he road into the next afternoon 17 hours straight with minimal rests. Tim just got through his last time station with his highest rate so far, and he is feeling and looking strong, and did I mention is an amazing climber. The crew feels strong too, and has learned so much in the last 12 hours.
We are determined to finish and to finish strong.
I will keep you updated as I can, however internet access is sporatic. I am speaking daily with the Yellow Scene magazine editor, and he is posting a daily blog on their wbsite dictated from me. Please look at it at: http://yellowscene.com/blog/
Thans again to everyone who has supported us, and YOU are truley who keep Tim and Team Strongheart going!
Monday, June 9, 2008
Sunday, June 8, 2008
Race Reports here
Oh, I almost forgot, the 4 person team has made it to Oceanside and is ready to relax before a big day tomorrow!
Saturday, June 7, 2008
Friday, June 6, 2008
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
With gratitude, we would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for the support we have received!As the TSH four-person team we would also like to wish Tim Case, the Team Strong Heart Soloist, the very best for his RAAM attempt!
Your continued support is still very important to us. You can still show your support by purchasing raffle tickets, Team Strong Heart apparel, or by cash donation in any amount!
Note: All cash donations are 100% tax deductible!
Cash donations can also be mailed to:
P.O. Box 2827
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Thank you everyone who has supported out efforts for Camp Odayin in 2008.
2008 Team Strong Heart
Amy, Melinda, John, Jay, & Tim
P.S. here's Neil Eerdmans with a preview of the race coverage that will be happening right here on teamstrongheart.com
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Loon State Cyclists Management Team have generously offered to match dollar-for-dollar (up to $500) any cash donation to support TSH's mission in 2008 RAAM competition. Each $500 of donation will support one kid who has suffered heart disease to be able to participate in Camp Odayin.
With great appreciation, TSH has happily accepted the challenge and has already started reaching out to the public for this final charity fundraising effort.
As members of Loon States Cyclists ourselves, the TSH riders are more than proud that our own team extended this matching funds challenge. We want to thank those LSC members who have participated in our team's earlier fundraising indoor rides and individual donations.
We would like to encourage anyone who is considering donating to Team Strong Heart to take this opportunity to really make your donation count!
For tax records, donations to Team Strong Heart are to be made to SILENT SPORTS FOUNDATION, a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and cash donations to Silent Sports Foundation are 100% tax deductible. The checks should be mailed to:
Silent Sports Foundation
P.O. Box 2827
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Online donations are also available. Online donations can be made with a credit or debit card by clicking the "Donate" button located on the Team Strong Heart web site.
Thanks for your support!
Team Strong Heart Forever
2008 RAAM Four-person Team
Amy, Melinda, John, & Jay
Saturday, May 10, 2008
We need to fill at least two (2) support crew positions for our four-person team. These positions are volunteer spots. What we are offering is transportation with the team, hotel lodging before and after the race, daily meal per diem, and an adventure of a life time! Help us complete our mission for Camp Odayin!
We will leave on Friday June 6 and return the weekend of June 21st. Essentially two full weeks of your time is required. If you have the time and this event sounds like something you would like to support, we need to hear from you!
Please contact us at: email@example.com
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Tim, of course, is the Team Strong Heart RAAM soloist. You can read more about Tim by clicking here.
You can check out the Yellow Scene Magazine feature on Tim by clicking here.
Thursday, May 1, 2008
TSH is looking for people who are interested in taking part as crew members in the 2008 RAAM race this coming June. We are hoping to find ten responsible team-oriented individuals who are willing to crew the four person TSH team as we race the 3000 miles from Oceanside California to Annapolis Maryland (Washing DC).
Crew members will help man an RV and two other vehicles that will act as living quarters and support vehicles as the team races across the country (around the clock).
A crew member is a volunteer position, but crew members will receive a daily meal per diem, team apparel (tee-shirts, socks) and a heck of a story to tell when it's over!
The dates for this adventure are Friday, June 6th through the weekend of June 21.
The journey will take you from Minneapolis to California, across the entire country to Maryland, and then back to Minnesota.
If being a RAAM crew member for Team Strong Heart sounds like something you are interested in, we want to hear from you! OR, if you know someone who might be interested, please let them know about this opportunity ASAP.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or to express your interest in being a TSH crew member.
Thank you! We hope to hear from you.
Team Strong Heart Forever
Amy, Melinda, John, & Jay
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
2008 TSH RAAM Bike Jerseys - $65
2008 TSH RAAM Bike Shorts - $65 (bib shorts +$5)
Both men's & women's sizing is available from Mt. Borah!
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Team Strong Heart Tee-shirts - $14
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Saturday, March 22, 2008
This June, Team Strong Heart in its quest to fulfill its pledge to Camp Odayin is going to take on this beast and do it in honor of the kids at Camp Odayin. It is the Team Strong Heart mission and pledge to raise awareness for Camp Odayin and donate funding to support services for the campers.
The kids that use the Camp Odayin services are extraordinary, each of them has experienced heart disease in some form. Camp Odayin is extraordinary as well. Outside of a $25 registration fee, camp services are provided at no cost to the families of these children. At Camp Odayin the motto is: Kids play, worries rest, fun happens. Team Strong Heart wholeheartedly supports Camp Odayin.
For the 2008 RAAM race Team Strong Heart will be represented by two squads. Tim Case, returning member of the 2007 four-man team will compete as a soloist. As if RAAM were not beastly enough, Tim is going to take on this Goliath on his own! Tim will rely on his racing background and his previous RAAM experience when he takes on this massive task. You can support Tim and follow his preparations by clicking here.
The second squad is a four-person mixed team made up of RAAM newcomers Amy Xu, Melinda Silbernick, John Rotach, and Jay Thompson. Each of these cyclists have years of riding and racing experience and hope to combine these experiences to work as a team to take on RAAM.
Each team will be challenged by a week or more of non-stop riding. Together with their crews they will traverse 13 states and make their way from the start at Oceanside, California to the finish in Annapolis, Maryland. Along the way each squad will have to acclimate to non-stop travel as they try to work, eat, rest, recover, and RACE!
We hope that you will find Team Strong Heart interesting and inspiring enough to continue following our preparations and progress as the 2008 RAAM race approaches.
It is out goal to gain your support as we work toward accomplishing our mission for Camp Odayin. Please check back often to read updates and hear news about Team Strong Heart.
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Tim Case - Team Strong Heart Soloist
Amy, Melinda, John, & Jay - TSH Four-person mixed Team
Thursday, March 13, 2008
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Saturday, March 8, 2008
Team Strong Heart 12-hr Training Session
Saturday, March 1st – Sunday, March 2nd
9:00pm – 9:00am
Amy, Melinda, John (representing the 2008 TSH)
Neil, Bill (representing the 2007 TSH)
This was a fun and interesting exercise. Good team building as we all were thrown into the basement together for 12 hours.
The plan going in was to be “on” the first 4 hours, try to sleep the next 4 and then finish “on” for the last 4. On would mean ride for 30 minutes at a decent effort, then rest 30 minutes. Repeat this for the 4 hour shift. After the 1st two 30 minute efforts we realized this was much too long. Especially riding inside. After 15 minutes of riding we were counting every minute until we hit 30. When we were off, after about 15-20 minutes we were restless and ready to ride again. And getting back on after 30 minutes off had us completely warming up all over again.
After the 1st two 30 minute on/off efforts we decided to go to a 15/15 format. This seemed to work much better as we were able to go hard for 15 without burning up and 15 off the bike seemed to balance well the rest time with the concern of staying warm. After talking with Bernie and Neil we realized that this is what they ended up doing (for the most part) during their race last year. They traded 5 mile efforts which ended up right around 15 minutes.
Neil and Bill showed up for the first 4-hour session and were very supportive. Neil is always a joy to ride with and Bill is a wealth of knowledge, offered great conversation and was the only one to think of taking pictures. Thank you to both of you.
Sleeping and eating on this journey will be exercises in adaptation and even this small circus allowed us to test a little bit. Rotisserie chicken and summer sausage will probably not be on the menu during the race. Keeping fluids going was a concern riding inside and gave us an idea of what we’ll have to be drinking out on the road.
All-in-all this training session was a good thing. It’ll be great to get outside and do some riding in this format to really test it out. The team held together well in their first “stress test”.
On / Off ?
What were we doing?
On – shift 1
9:00pm – 11:00pm
30 minutes riding / 30 minutes rest
11:00pm – 1:00am
15 minutes riding / 15 minutes rest
Off – shift 1
1:00am – 5:00am
On – shift 2
5:00am – 9:00am
15 minutes riding / 15 minutes rest