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Re: [RC] 100 miler education - FXLivestock

I would like to mention that the AERC education committee has quite a bit of material on the AERC website on the topic of moving up to longer distances.  With the committee's past leadership of Dinah Rojeck and the current leadership from Stagg Newman, the education committee has put in quite a bit of effort getting this information available to the membership both on the AERC website and also by publishing articles in Endurance News.  At the last convention, the education committee provided a seminar on moving up to the longer distances which included a Q&A session. 
There is a lot of good information out there about moving up to the 100 mile distance which can certainly be applied to moving up to any longer distance.  Perhaps, we need to do a better job letting the membership know that the information is out there and available. The education committee is trying to come up with new ways to reach the membership.  Most members of the education committee and mentors are very approachable both by telephone contact and by e mail.  Every region has mentor liaison (who is listed in EN every month).  This liaison has the resources to set up members with a suitable mentor who rides in that mentor's region. 
If there are any members that are interested in moving up in distance and don't know where to start or can't find information I suggest the following. First, check out the AERC website and click on the education link.  Second, if you don't want to do the web thing, re read past endurance news articles.  Every month the education committee has an article.  There are also many issues that have more than one article that can be useful in moving up in distance.  Third, contact your regional mentor liaison.  This person can put you in direct contact with an experienced endurance rider who is willing to mentor new riders or mentor riders that want to move up in distance.  Fourth, if you are interested in trying 100 mile rides, check out the New 100 mile riders list on Yahoo.  This is not an official AERC list but is a great resource to those interested in the 100 mile distance.  Fifth, talk to local riders who are doing 100s or longer distances and pick their brains.  There are very few riders I know who won't share what they have learned with other riders.
Kim Fuess
AERC #6648

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