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Daniel’s Story

This is the story of Daniel Hamish Deitchman. I so wish I weren’t writing this story, or that it was a totally different kind of story. Daniel deserved a long and happy life, not the abbreviated one fraught with worry … Continue reading

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RAAM 2015 Race Report

Another year, another RAAM, but 2015 was a very different RAAM from 2012 or 2014. I knew that this was going to be my last RAAM for the foreseeable future, and I wanted to make sure it was one that … Continue reading

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Ultra Racing: Setting Your Crew Up For Success

Note: This article first appeared in the UMCA UltraCycling Magazine in April of 2015. “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” –Helen Keller So you’re a cyclist who has set a goal to do a … Continue reading

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Ultra Racing: How To Progress to Longer Races Without Drowning – Build a Bridge!

Note: This article first appeared in the UMCA UltraCycling Magazine in October of 2015. Ultra cycling, like any sport, is something that you become better at with experience.  As the old saying goes, “practice makes perfect”, only in the case … Continue reading

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RAAM 2014 Race Report

Where to begin. As I sit here trying to process RAAM 2014 and figure out how to put it into words, I’m surprised at how difficult the looming task seems. Normally I don’t have trouble writing, and the words just … Continue reading

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2013 Hoodoo 500 Race Report

Prelude Where to begin. In the 15 months since I finished RAAM, a lot has happened, and in a way that likely only other RAAM riders can understand, I’ve struggled with “what’s next”. RAAM was an incredible journey – incredibly … Continue reading

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Race Across Oregon 2009

Race Across Oregon, 2009 The elevation profile for Race Across Oregon. Race Across Oregon course. My crew and I at the starting line in Hood River. CLICK HERE FOR MORE PICTURES FROM RACE ACROSS OREGON 2009 To describe Race Across … Continue reading

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The Numbers of RAAM: Training, Stats, Nutrition, Costs

I often get asked about the “numbers of RAAM” – things like training, stats, nutrition, cost, etc. Below I’ve tried to summarize these numbers and give a bit of info about each area. TRAINING I split my training into 3 … Continue reading

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Motivation for something like RAAM

I’ve been thinking a lot about RAAM since I finished, and trying to process everything that happened. Even almost a month later I still don’t think the accomplishment has truly “sunk in”. I’ll be honest – rather than feeling elated … Continue reading

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RAAM 2012 Race Report – Part IV: Angels and Demons, the Run-In to Annapolis

In case you missed the first installments of this race report: Part I: Tapering, More Dangerous than Training! Part II: RAW Revisited Part III: Mississippi Ho! And now for Part IV…. We were just over 8 days into the race, … Continue reading

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