One of the guys doing the race is Steve Smith, his wife Peggy is on the crew. He is a really nice guy, and his wife is a sweetheart. His story is quite amazing. Evidently, Steve used to be overweight and had 4 back surgeries. Peggy it turns out was severely overweight, she was doing weight watchers and wasn’t seeing too much results. She took a spin class and got hooked on cycling. Unfortunately, because of his back he couldn’t do a regular bike because it hurt his back.
To make a long story short, they saw someone on a funny bike (recumbent) in which the rider rides in a prone position and there is less stress on ones back. He hopped on and was instantly hooked, his wife also got hooked and they are long distance randonneurs, this is his first RAAM, and his wife is so psyched for him, that she came to crew. She so wants to do the race also, but not this year, maybe next year.
Their was some kind of mixup on the course, and I had to pick them up. It was so nice how concerned he was about her because she has been awake for 36 hours straight and is dead tired, and she is concerned about him, he need to drink and get his nutrition because he is the one racing. It was really sweet as they went back and forth, with each other.
I thought that is what a marriage is about. Each sharing something in common and the genuine care and concern for the other. I can’t say that I can remember the last time I felt that way in my marriage. I won’t go into specifics, but it is something that I wish I had, someone who genuinely cares about my well being, my thoughts, feelings, etc.
We had a pretty good day in the gofer van. We really got involved in the race and the racers, had to shuttle them in and out and even made a rescue–lol! We did more shopping, keeping this little village that we have is a big task. We went thru Sedona, AZ, Flagstaff, AZ, right now we in the Navajo Nation, waiting for the riders to switch over for the next four hour shift.
There was a little bit of an issue this morning, with the crew getting used to one another. Well, everyone says that it happens on RAAM people getting used to one another. Although I am an extremely minor part of the ultra cycling community, I think RAAM brings me into a family that is very exclusive. Most of the people here have crewed or ridden and finished RAAM! I so want to participate, I am not putting it out of the realm of possibilities since anyone who knows me knows I am all about the adventure!
RAAM, is expensive to do, it would cost at least $10k for each person, the ony way I would do it, is as a four man team. Hell even the entrance fee is $5k, well worth it in my opinion. It is amazing what we have seen so far, I think people will live years and years in the US and never see what we have seen, and it is only the second day. I believe tomorrow we’re going into Monument Valley, if you don’t low where that is–if you remember the movie Forrest Gump, the part where he stops running and everyone who was following him are like–‘WTF!’. THAT’S where we’re going tomorrow! I can’t wait, seeing asi am in the gofer car, I will get a hotel room near there and enjoy the day!
Anyway, as we wait here for our riders to come in, I can only think about the future. It seems bright right now and I am excited to get back and make it happen!