Monday, July 1, 2013

RAAM 2013 Recap

I'm back.

You may not have know I was gone, but I embarked on my second trip with Team Laughing Dog and the Race Across America (RAAM).  I wrench bikes.  So, often I get asked to support various biking events and help riders achieve their goals.  Typically there is beer involved in these negotiations.  And in this case there was a lot.  But there was also friendships involved.  So, you see, it was really impossible for me to say no to going along and helping out the team and their bikes for another year.

This post will serve as my recap.  If you are expecting a lot of details and flowery stories, well you aren't gonna get any.

For those still reading, I had the time of my life...again.  Several factors go into creating this perfect storm for me.  One, it involves bikes.  Two, it involves friends.  Three, it involves volunteering and I love volunteering.  Forth, it involves sleep deprivation which I don't really sleep anyways so shoe in.  Lastly, it involves an adventure which I am always down for.

Here are some pics...



















You see there aren't many pics?  That's because there isn't a lot of time to take pics.  This goes for mental snapshots as well.  We finished the race in a little over 7 days.  That's 3,000 miles and 170,000' of climbing mind you.  I could recount the logistics and daily ops, but I don't wanna bore you).  Anyhow repetition, stress, sleep deprivation and the like all contribute to this week as one big block of time.  I liken it to a good night of drinking.  In the morning there are mental highlights and memories. There may be some things you wanna forget and things that kinda bum you out.  But ultimately, in the morning you awake to a feeling of "damn that was a great night" or "man that could have gone better."  For me, RAAM was 2013 was a damn good ride with friends and I'm glad I did it.  I don't really remember much more.

Nonetheless, I'm sure I will drink again...and probably do RAAM again...




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