[Cytometry] [RAAM 2009 - Patrick Autissier] Day - 35

Patrick Autissier autissie at bc.edu
Mon May 11 18:09:26 EDT 2009

In the news...

Boston, May 11th, 2009 (day - 35)

Training is going very well. I usually ride around 20 - 25 hours per  
week. I do short rides (2 - 3 hours) early in the morning during the  
week and longer ride (5 - 7 hours) in the weekend. Last Saturday, I  
participated in a 200 K ride organized by the New England Randonneurs.  
It was a very hilly ride going up to New Hampshire, and despite the  
rain, tons of potholes thanks to a very bad winter here in New  
England, I managed, along with 3 others cyclists to complete it in  
6:38, averaging 19.2mph. When I looked back, it took me 7:23 in 2007  
and...8:13 in 2005, the 2 years I did the solo RAAM. So what these  
numbers tell me is that at least my training goes into the right  
direction. Of course, solo RAAM is 15 times 200K on top of each  
other...with barely any rest in between. However, it seems like, as  
for a good wine, I'm getting better as I get older. After all, maybe  
there is some truth in that 50 is the new 30.

Boston, May 11th, 2009 (day - 35)

On another note, maybe you've seen on my bio that I am a Flow  
Cytometry Specialist, and you're wondering: "what the heck is this guy  
doing???". Well, if you go to wikipedia, you'll know more about this  
technique which has applications in research fields as diverse as  
immunology, marine biology or molecular biology. Our society is called  
ISAC (International Society of Analytical Cytology) and I'm very proud  
to be a member of this family. My RAAM project have been supported  
over the years by many ISAC members, as well as several companies  
working in the cytometry field. However, one individual gave me an  
incredible support, by helping me finding sponsorship, allowing me to  
present my project during the ISAC congress in Quebec City in 2006,  
and convincing people to make a donation to my charities. He is the  
former President of ISAC and his name is Pr. Paul Robinson. If you  
think I'm nuts, well you don't know Paul. As I write this newsletter,  
he is resting at Everest Base Camp, waiting to hear from Russell  
Brice, the expedition leader, that it's time to pack and leave for the  
summit. It must be an exciting but also a very scary call. I wish him  
the best of luck for the summit and I'm looking forward to meeting  
with him at the Time Station 38 near Indianapolis.

Thank you for your support,


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