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Race Across America (RAAM) Reintegration Process

June 23rd, 2014

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My personal space for the better part of 5 days and 22 hours.
My personal space for the better part of 5 days and 22 hours.

As many of you know, I participated in the Race Across America (RAAM) last week, along with seven other teammates.

Our team was on the go via bicycle or car/van/RV, 24/7 for more than 3000 miles - for 5 days, 22 hours, 58 minutes. 

Lots of you have asked me what it’s like to recover from something like this.  I must say that physically, I already feel quite normal - no soreness or deep fatigue . . . none that I know of, anyway. 

However, reintegrating from the 24/7 aspect of the event: the funky sleep cycles and lack of creature comforts, is taking longer than I expected. 

With this in mind, I thought I’d share reintegration items that I’ve checked off my list, so far, on my way to becoming “normal” again.

RAAM REINTEGRATION PROCESS
• Eat a vegetable
• Sleep in the prone position
• Get a normal night’s sleep
• Read a newspaper
• Establish a dry crotch and feet
• Go #2 for longer than it takes to run from a vehicle to a convenience store bathroom in less time than it takes to fill said vehicle’s tank with gas
• Wear clean (truly) laundry
• Eat food that doesn’t come in a packet
• Talk about something other than power output, avg. speed, wind direction, or what kind of (packet) food to eat
• Listen to music that was made by people playing actual musical instruments, and that contains lyrics that are longer than one sentence
• Stand up for longer than it takes to pee
• Stop incessantly looking at the RAAM tracker app

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