3:00PM-CDT: After waking, Amy meet with her crew,. The data was laid out as to what they needed to accomplish in order to finish in Annapolis, Maryland before the final time cut-off. With very little time margin and a very large workload ahead, Amy decided that she WAS going to continue to race. At approximately 3:00pm she was once again on the road! Very quickly the reality of the previous 8+ days of effort hit Amy. Fatigue and complications from her previous efforts were just too much to continue riding safely. Just as quickly as Amy was on the bike, she was off again and her decision to continue was reversed.
I have since talked to Amy on the phone. Her spirits were very good, she feels good about her decision to stop. She wanted to express her appreciation to her crew, Team Strong Heart, the kids of Camp Odayin (and the kids of Mr. Beckman's class!) and all of the supporters and sponsors. Thank You from Amy, and thank you from Team Strong Heart for following along!
12:00PM-CDT: Amy and the Team Strong Heart crew have learned that they have NOT been DNF'd by RAAM and will be allowed to continue. However, she and her crew have worked very hard to make it to the Mississippi and everyone is very fatigued. She is currently sleeping and when she wakes the choice to go on or not is all hers. Stay tuned!
7:47AM-CDT: Amy has arrived at TS#34 at the Mississippi River in Missouri. 72F, thunderstorm, east wind at 6mph, dew point 70F. 2041 miles raced in 8 days, 17 hours, 47 minutes. INCREDIBLE!
Amy Xu - Still managing a smile! RAAM 2010
Amy Xu - Team Strong Heart within a few miles of the Mississippi. RAAM 2010
7:35AM-CDT: Report from Amy's crew - Within minutes Amy will be reaching the Mississippi and TS#35. She is currently riding in pouring rain and 71F. She has ridden through the night and is absolutely out of gas. She has pushed hard to reach the Mississippi because, although she exhausted, stopping any sooner would have meant the race was over for certain.
When they reach the Mississippi they will put Amy down for a sleep break. The crew has already put in an appeal for an extension for Amy to continue. RAAM reviews these appeals on a case-by-case basis. While Amy sleeps the crew will wait for a decision from RAAM officials. If it's thumbs-up they will wake her after a long sleep break and let her know she is still racing. If the appeal is not approved, they will let Amy sleep and Team Strong Heart's 2010 RAAM Solo Race will be over. Stayed tuned...
6:45AM-CDT: Still no word on TS#35 at the Mississippi. TSH will fall short of the predetermined time cut-off but it's going to be very close. Hopes are that by coming in so close to the cut-off that RAAM might grant an extension and allow Amy & Team Strong Heart to continue. Stand by to see what happens!
12:55AM-CDT: Amy passes through TS#34 in Washington, MO. 72F, calm, dew point 68F. Pressing on to the Mississippi!