Tuesday, September 13, 2011

lotoja 2011

andy raced in the lotoja again this year... making it his 6th time completely the whole 206 miles for logan, utah to jackson, wyoming. hence the very clever name "lo"= logan "to" "ja"= jackson. i hope that just made sense because reading back now it doesn't really look like anything meaningful. oh well...
anyway, andy is pretty much a machine. he and everyone else who attempts this race blows my mind. I know the tour de france is a much longer, grueling race but at least they break it up into different stages on different days. the lotoja is one day! covering 3 states in one day is crazy to me. 
people ask me if i have any desire to ride like andy and to race in the lotoja and before they can even finish their sentence i give them a solid, resounding, "NO."
I choose not to put myself in such pain and misery thank you very much. 
andy, however, does choose to inflict said pain on himself and although i don't like seeing him suffer, i do like to tag along and be his support crew during the race! 
andy came in at a final time of 09:37:52.713... 11 minutes slower than his time last year. 
andy was pretty bummed to be slower than his time last year, but i have to keep reminding him that he did next to no training and racing compared to last summer and he still only came out 11 minutes slower! 
so if you see him, please tell him he's crazy and that 11 minutes slower is still actually insanely good! 
he kept up with the pack and didn't quit. that's all that matters.
early, early, early morning start
i will admit that i do like this accidental photo 

support crews at feed zones
this was the unofficial "andy support crew shoe"

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