What's next?

What is the million dollar question? Depending on who is being asked the question could be anything from "What is Angelina going to name her baby?" to "Does North Korea have the nerve to actually aim a rocket at another country?" The question asked the most of me is simply "What is next?" What grand torture plan do I have for my body this year?

Over the last few weeks, it has been really hard for me to not spill the beans until things fell into place. I didn't want to say I was going to be doing what was in the works until I knew that nothing was going to stop me from accomplishing my goal. I can now officially announce that I will be traveling to Alpine, TX to take part in the No Country for Old Men 1000 mile race (NCOM).

The NCOM 1000 mile is taking place in October this year and will have a time limit of 96 hours to complete. It is also the longest race in North America that is not Race Across America (RAAM). I am going to be using this as the last stepping stone before throwing my hat into the ring for solo RAAM.

Due to the length of the race, it proves to be not only a test of my own body, but an excellent opportunity for the crew to iron out any wrinkles prior to RAAM. The crew will be operating as two shifts, day and night to keep me riding no less than 21 or 22 hours a day until we reach the finish line. Because of this, we will be doing some fundraisers throughout the year to be able to offset the expenses of having two full crews traveling across the country.

The inspiration I gain from each of you is what keeps me going through the long training rides and on race days. I wish I could take each and every one of you along for the journey but unfortunately, I cannot. I've setup an online market which will allow you to become a Virtual Member of the crew and therefore allow me to have a small part of you there with us.

By visiting https://squareup.com/market/andywelch-dot-net, you can choose how you would like to support my insanity. As a thank you, I will send you an exclusive #NothingToItButToDoIt t-shirt. The crew and I are forever grateful for all your support in getting us to the starting line in October.

Finally, I would like to thank all the coaches at Endorphin Fitness, Tina at Lighten Up! and my fairy god mother for their continued hard work in helping me achieve all my goals and dreams.