CHARLOTTE, NC: Several weeks ago Michael Strasser set off on a quest he calls “Ice2Ice.” Michael Strasser is a triathlete and ski-mountaineer. He is also a world-record-breaking cyclist who once crossed the continent of Africa by bike in a mere 34.5 days. His feat outdid the previous world record by a week. For his next challenge, Strasser is currently in the process of traveling 14,291 miles from Alaska to Patagonia, once again on his bicycle. His Racing for Charity efforts is being supported by the Norwex Foundation.
Norwex and Ice2Ice
Strasser’s motivation for his latest challenge is to support the fight against ALS, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Endorsed by Norwex, a chemical-free sustainable home cleaning and personal health line based out of Norway and the Norwex Foundation. The goal of the company is to promote the benefits of a more eco-friendly, sustainable lifestyle. The goal of the foundation is giving back to the world through supporting individuals like Strasser and groups like Mt. Hope. Mt. Hope assists women and their children who are seeking self-sufficiency a safe haven in which to live.
#Move4MichaelChallenge to support ALS
In an effort to accomplish this, Michael Strasser and Norwex have partnered to issue the #Move4MichaelChallenge in support of research to battle ALS. Individuals can support Strasser by going online to “Racing4Charity.” At the site, donations can be made to help encourage the journey and raise funds for ALS research.
For every dollar donated, participants receive one mile of the “Ice2Ice” route. The current record for the ride was achieved by Dean Stott in May of this year when he improved the mark to 99 days 12 hours and 56 minutes.
Throughout the course of the project, there will be further opportunities to donate money to Racing4Charity which will include things such as shirts and other items for purchase.
For Michael Strasser, this one is personal
Strasser’s friend and flat-mate, Sarah, a vivacious young woman has an ALS, or Lou Gherig’s Disease, diagnosis. On his site Michael explains:
Sarah moved in with me in autumn 2016 and I try to support her as far as possible. Every day I learn from her. While my life has increased in speed rapidly throughout the last years, hers is slowing down from month to month. I often ask myself how positive a person can actually be despite this diagnosis.
Racing for a Guinness World Record
Combining “great adventure with a high-performance sport,” Michael plans to beat the current Guinness World Record by establishing a new world mark for his native country of Austria.
“I care a lot about the environment. If every man and woman on earth contributes something to an ecologically friendly life, a lot would change for the better. Norwex has the right approach to that.”
The funds being raised by Strasser are to battle the on-going challenge of defeating the menace of Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Strasser, who prefers to be called “Michi”, found his achievement in Africa to be physically and mentally grueling.
Falling into a deep depression for several months, deciding “to only do sports for having fun, without any targets. Strasser reflects that “I tried to remember myself why I started doing all this.”
Faced with the prospects of overwhelming financial costs to undertake his Ice2Ice quest, along with the knowledge that his latest challenge would be twice as long across a more difficult terrain, Michi had to first figure out ways to deal with the intense burden of pressure on his psyche.
In the end the answer was motivation.
“For me there is nothing more motivating than someone who tells me that I can not do this.” – Michael Strasser.
Finding strength in training
So the training began. With the support of Norwex, Michi Strasser is once again attempting to pedal his way into history.
Says Michael philosophically, “If you can not solve a problem, do not consider it a problem.”
Somewhat ironically, the name “Strasser” in German means someone living by a main street or highway and the word strasse translates to “street” or “road.”
Who better then to challenge the complexities of riding a bicycle from the top of North America to the southernmost point of South America than a man named Strasser?
Considering that ALS patients will benefit by Michi’s efforts, you just might call his efforts the “cycle of life.”
About the Author:
Bob Taylor is a veteran writer who has traveled throughout the world. Taylor was an award winning television producer/reporter/anchor before focusing on writing about international events, people and cultures around the globe.
Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)
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