Rider Profile Patrick Shelton
Why would this busted up retired firefighter and former SEAL commit himself to a physical endeavor that most sane people would never consider at any point in their lives?
Simple answer – One of my fellow BUD/S Class 98 graduates ask me to.
Situation: I was sitting there having dinner with my wife and BUD/S classmates on the last night of our reunion thinking that after four decades that these men are still among the best people I have ever encountered. That’s when Charbo walked by and said, “Hey Doc, what are you doing next year about this time?” Knowing just a few months earlier that Charbo had completed a ride from San Francisco to San Diego for VIP Neurorehab, I responded with a rhetorical question, “Riding with you?” All he said was, “YES,” with a fist pump …………… Uh oh, what was I thinking? Oh man, it’s on!
Dilemma: I am the proud owner of an artificial hip (that took three surgeries and a struggle to beat an infection that had me hobbled for years) and a new artificial shoulder. I had also collected three additional orthopedic surgeries. I did not even own a bike.
- Train smart! The old bones and surrounding tissues do not recover fast.
- Do not get sick! Too easy to overtrain and get set back. Work at Denver International Airport exposes me to people from all over the world and all their ills.
- Remember there are more important things than self. Help those in need!
So here I am about half way to the goal. I had to start out slow, two hours per week on a lousy stationary bike at the community gym. I added 15 minutes per week, acquired a nice spin bike needed for training during the cold days of Colorado, and purchased a fine mountain bike to train heavy and hard until I can work a road bike into the financial picture (thanks Manny for selling me your bike then becoming a generous donor).
My regimen is three days per week up at 0345, on the spin bike by 0355, one-hour ride, shower for work, half mile power walk to the bus, and then a ten-hour shift mostly on my feet and moving fast. Part way through the split shift I hit the gym to cross train the other parts of my body. My wife complements my workouts with short yoga sessions in the evening. Working four ten-hour shifts allows me three days per week for the two to four-hour bike sessions on the roads and trails. I am going to be adding in swimming 2-3 days/wk soon. Like Conrad, I am busting through 11 hours per week on the pedals. My intention is to complete three days in a row of century rides a month before go time.
Make no mistake, this is not about any of us. We are giving up our relative anonymity for a larger cause – to help those in need. We cherish privacy and relish only in serving silently but if it takes hard work from a handful of former SEALS to draw attention to a greater cause, then so be it. Please do not hesitate in joining us by supporting Beyond The Teams’ efforts with whatever you can to help those less fortunate.
BEYOND THE TEAMS
501 (C)(3) | EIN: 84-2157345
BEYOND THE TEAMS 501 (C)(3) | EIN: 84-2157345 IN PARTNERSHIP WITH
VIP NEUROREHABILITATION CENTER
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