Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Solo Day 3...

It's day 3, and the overnight crew just checked into a hotel in Pagosa Springs, Co where we have been up working non-stop for well over 26 hours. We are delerious, almost feeling drunk by the intesnse feeling of tiredness. Tim is pedaling strong! He is with the second crew change and flying from Durango to Pagosa Springs on a 70 mile stretch with a blessing from god of tailwinds 25-30 mph that won't stop. All the riders are taking advantage of this, so it's a big day for everyone.

Last night we were back on the road at 7:15 RAAM time, and it was a painful start for Tim due to a real sore saddle. He pushed through the pain, and got into his groove powering through very tough climbing and terrain straight through the night going well over 200 miles by the sunrise. The crew pulled into time station 13 at sunrise where we got creative with a gel seat cover, and some tape, and Tim rode off telling us that he was teary eyed because he wasn't in pain for the first time.

The crew swicthed a few miles forward while Tim kept pedaling. We drove ahead to write a few fun motivational words in chalk on the hills for him to read as he rides up. "GO TIM".

The wind is still blowing, and Tim is still riding into the sunset after a little sandwich rest break. We are finally going to get some rest so we are preparred for the morning crew shift change, and are continually encouraged by Tim's strength, amazing abilities when on the bike, and dedication to this mission.

Keep the rubber side down.....


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Anonymous said...

Hey! GO TIM! This is Steph cheering him on from Wisconsin, checking up on the time station stats and blog. I was on the crew last year and am disappointed I can't be there this year. If you get this, I read another rider is wearing 1 pair of bike shorts like normal and another pair inside out over the top--it's supposed to be more comfortable. Keep it up Tim, crew, and team!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the blog updates and your calls. Linda and I worry about his health during this race but know he is in the best of hands with such a dedicated crew. Linda always tells Tim she out there pushing him when he races so keep reminding him of that. Be safe.

wordmonkey said...

Tim is chugging along during Day 4 of the race.