Thursday, February 24, 2011

Sebring 24 Update

Brett completes one more lap.

An eagle eyed friend of mine (Warren Talbott) was looking over the results from the Sebring 24 and asked me why I stopped at 23h 38m. I told him that I rode until about 23h 50m and stopped as I didn't have enough time to complete another lap.

I contacted the time keeper and told them that I think they missed my final lap. I had been having trouble with my timing chip all night. They looked on the backup system and found that they had missed the last lap..

New official distance 480.9, this is a personal best and new age group record (beating my distance from 2008 by 1/2 mile)

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Sebring 24 – Race Wrap-up

Looking for a break from training in the ice and snow, I traveled to Florida this past weekend, to compete in the Sebring 24. I raced in the non-drafting, RAAM category. For those of you not familiar with this type of race, the objective is to cover as many miles as you can in 24 hours, the racer that covers the most miles wins.

I had a really good race and won the overall with 480.9 miles. I was hoping to get closer to 500 miles, but in total, I am happy with my results.

The weather was ideal, high temps during the day of around 80 and in the evening, lows in the 50s. Although, overnight there was a thick cloud of smoke that blanketed the course, from a wild underground peat fire that was burning nearby.

After completing the first 100.4 mile lap in 4 hours 25 min, I needed to let up a bit, as the temperature was starting to climb. I was slightly dehydrated and I could feel my core body temperature starting to rise, so I made a quick stop in the pit to have water poured on my head, and slowed my pace a little.

While I was in the pits, the rider who was in second place rode past. He was a 19 year old from Florida, Steven Perezluha, who as it turns out, is the nephew of the famed RAAM rider Danny Chew. I left the pit area, determined to chase him down, but he was moving and I knew if I matched his pace, I would be quickly overcome by the heat and my race would fall apart. So I settled into my own pace and continued to tick away the miles.

For the next seven hours I rode along in second place. Consistently churning away at the miles, while my deficit fluctuated between one min to as much as 26 min. Then after 12 hours and 12 min of racing, I retook the lead for the first time. Unfortunately, this didn’t last long, as Perezluha passed me again on the very next lap.

Over the next 5 hours, Perezluha built up his advantage to 13 min, but he quickly squandered his lead and after 17 hours of racing, I again rode past him. Unlike the last lead exchange, this one would not be short lived, as I would not give up first place for the remainder of the race.

I would like to thank my parents, Anne and Ed Walker for crewing for me at this race. A good crew is essential for doing well at these types of races and they did a fantastic job.

Monday, February 14, 2011

RAAM 2011 Training Update

The weather in New Hampshire has been a challenge for the last couple months…lots and lots of snow and plenty of cold to go along with it. I haven’t let these challenges derail me from my training schedule, although I have been riding inside more than I care to.

I have completed base training and last weekend started a new phase of training, focusing on long consecutive rides. I completed three back-to-back 12-hour training days. These triple endurance days will be the backbone of my training from now until I peak in May. As I complete each cycle, the days will get longer, when in mid April I will complete 3 consecutive 18-hour days. Then in early May, I will take a week and ride my own mini-RAAM before recovering for the main event.

This week I am off to sunny (hopefully) Florida, to race in the Sebring 24. ( This is always a good race to test the progress of my training, and to get a change to ride for 24-hours without risking frostbite. I am hoping to have some updates/pictures posted during the race on my Face Book page, assuming I can teach my parents, who will be crewing for me, how to use my Droid. Here is a link to the page:!/pages/Team-Walker-RAAM-2011/143869265670225

If you’re not on Face Book, I believe you can still see my profile page you just won’t be able to comment.

Just a reminder, as part of this effort, I am raising money for two great causes, Special Olympics New Hampshire and Camp Odayin, a residential camp for children with heart disease. My goal is to raise $25,000 for these worthy causes and the race. Whatever you can give will be appreciated and will enrich the lives of these gifted athletes and kids.

You can donate by sending a tax-deductible check payable to “The Silent Sports Foundation” (EIN# 20-8971676) to my attention at 19 Franklin Rd, Salisbury, NH 03268, or click on the “Donate” link to the right of this post.

Brett Walker

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Stronghearts at Climb For Cure event -- Climbing the IDS building, Feb. 5, 2011

Congratulations to the climbers (Bernie K., Steve C., Rick D., Rick G., and Amy X.) who represented Team Strong Heart at the 30th annual Climb for Cure fundraising event organized by Cystic Fibrosis Foundation -- climbing the IDS building with professional firefighters, police, and EMS -- the tallest building in Minnesota (50-floor stairs with 1280 steps).

Bernie (Team Strong Heart RAAM rider 2007) climbed 10 times (12,800 steps!!!), 1280 steps more than last year; and new climbers, Steve (5x1280 steps), Rick (3x1280 steps), Rick (3x1280 steps), and Amy (2x1280 steps), joined other Fitness Challenge teams ascended the IDS building multiple times, while kicking off their 2012 Great Wall marathon training program.


Also, check Team Strong Heart rider, BRETT WALKER's 2011 RAAM solo training progress on his Facebook (Fundraising for Camp Odayin and Special Olympics).