Crew status: one year RAAM veteran
Primary role: Motor Home Driver
for Allen on RAAM 2002 was my first ultra cycling event. I'm not
an athlete, but it was exciting to see so many world-class athletes
from around the world, even if they are a little crazy. I enjoyed
the cross-country adventure and all of the crewing challenges.
The most exciting moments were when Allen would pass people. The
most difficult moments were either seeing Allen in pain or smelling
empty Ensure cans in the pace van. This year we will be more experienced
in crewing, and that will undoubtedly help Allen take first place
this year. We will be sure to bring lots of duct tape. I think
my primary job this year will be driving the motorhome and rolling
command station, but I'll try to help in any way I can. Why crew
again? Hey, if my friend and brother in Christ is crazy enough
to peddle across the country again, I'll crew again. To win this
year, all Allen needs to do is peddle faster and never stop to
sleep. I believe in him. He has my prayers and respect. Lots of
each. Win the prize, my brother, win the prize.
If there was one word that comes to mind when I think of Greg,
it is wisdom. If there was another word, it would be humor. You
put the two together and watch out. He is a man of chosen words
that are usually well thought out and timed precisely. It is actually
these two elements that drew me to asking Greg to "crew"
with me. His wisdom will guide the crew to think instead of react.
It will most likely be crucial at times of decision. His humor
will save the moment in times of exhaustion for the crew and me.
Greg has already proven to be a prime choice for the crew as he
has taken various steps to prepare himself for RAAM 2002. Immediately
upon being asked to join me, he began reading up on RAAM, bicycling
(down Third street), asking many questions and taking a full interest
in this race, not to mention coming up with whimsical ways to
make me smile already. Greg is not only my friend, but also a
spiritual mentor as well. He has modeled sincerity, trust, perseverance,
stability and the desire to seek God and His word at a much deeper
level. I believe Greg will be an integral part of the crew and
I look forward with great anticipation at the way he will impact
my performance in RAAM 2003.