What does it feel like to complete Race Across America? “3,067 miles, 180,000 feet of climbing over 7+ days,” was the response of Kyle Coon, a rider on Team Sea to See. We all kind of chuckled at the very literal response to the race announcer’s question, because there truly aren’t words to describe the grueling experience. Especially, moments after finishing this event. Words like “hard” and “exhausting” are about the best one can muster up.
David and I woke up at 4 A.M. that morning in order to drive into Annapolis, MD to see Team Sea to See finish this monumental journey. Watching the sunrise as we drove over the Bay Bridge, I felt exhausted just from my early wake up call, but I had to keep telling myself not to say anything about that around the RAAM team and crew. I can usually feel the effects of one night’s interrupted sleep, but it’s nothing compared to the sleep deprivation accrued over a 7-day trans-America crossing.