This is Frank Fumich, and he is one of the more inspirational people we have come across. Frank is a member of the Swarm Collective and we are helping support him over the year as he trains to attempt Race Across America (RAAM) solo for the second time. Now, a bike ride across America might sound "tough but fun" to many people, but with the time cuts and the fact that you are indeed "racing," RAAM is arguably the single toughest endurance endeavor an individual can engage in.
Frank is no professional athlete, and by his own accord, he doesn't even like to ride bikes all that much. But the thought of pushing himself to the absolute limit (again) to see what he is capable of was just too much to pass by. We like this attitude. We like it a lot.
Over the years Frank has completed a 355 mile foot race across the arctic circle, paddled the Molokai to Oahu open water channel, completed a self-supported 6 day stage race through the Sahara Desert, and done countless other superhuman feats of mental and physical endurance.
In his most recent efforts, Frank has tied each event to a charitable cause that is close to his heart, and along the way has raised over $270,000 dollars for those in need. Though the grueling endurance feats are impressive, that is DAMN impressive.
Though Frank bills himself as a "normal guy," nutrition will play a bedrock roll in his training and preparation for RAAM. Although "on the bike" nutrition will be key, arguably more important is keeping his body well-fueled and healthy day in and day out while he prepares for this epic ride. We are glad that Field Work Nutrition and our Primo Smoothie will play a key role in delivering him the nutrition he needs to take care of business come race day.
Below is a bit more about Frank and a Q and A so you can get a better sense for him in his own words.
Why do you do what you do? You put your body through all kinds of pain and suffering, where do you find the motivation?
What was the hardest adventure you have been on? What was the best?
Well if I was to group "races" WITH "adventures" (and often a really hard race is an adventure) I would say my 2015 attempt at solo RAAM (Race Across America) was the hardest, because it remains the only DNF in my resume that I have yet to finish. It just about killed me.