Friday, June 13, 2008

Photo from the road

Crew member Tom Wendel continues to send cool photos.

Health note: If you look closely at photos of RAAM riders, they start to look like they are developing beer bellies. While there is no doubt those will come after the race, what you are actually seeing is what Rob calls "RAAM Gut". It's gastric distention - basically a gas build-up in the stomach. It can be a problem as it makes it more difficult for the stomach to empty and deliver calories to the body.

Rob is consuming somewhere between 10,000-12,000 calories a day and he needs every one of those. If things aren't getting through, it can cause him to "bonk" or run out of fuel. Not pleasant.

(Click on photos to enlarge)

Crew: "Rob - it goes much faster if you actually RIDE it."
Rob: "Bite me."

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