Monday, June 14, 2010

*REPORT FROM THE ROAD: 6-14-2010 3:48 PM EDT*

I like to dream yes, yes, right between my sound machine
On a cloud of sound I drift in the night
Any place it goes is right
Goes far, flies near, to the stars away from here

- John Kay

I sneaked a peek at what's happening in the standings and I just LOVE what Rob is doing. I figure that at 3:48 PM, he is just past the half-way point of the race at 1522 miles. That's 304 miles/day for 5 days, including all that climbing and weather through Colorado. Awesome.

As indicated in this morning's post, sleep breaks are key. Both Strebel and Warner-Smith look like they took a sleep break heading into TS 26, and yet they are still ahead of Rob. That's absolutely fine for now, but it will have to factor into the Morlock crew's tactical thinking tonight and over the next couple of days.

Generally speaking, there is a point where just about every RAAM rider needs to take a longer sleep break. Instead of two hours, they sleep for four or five. When (or if) that happens for any of the riders will be critical.

Rob has always said that RAAM is half about the ability to ride fast, half about managing sleep deprivation. As the race progresses, I might suggest that the ratio shifts to 70/30 in favor of the lack of sleep.

Keep an eye on those time station stats and enjoy the ride that Rob is giving us. It is genuinely thrilling!


Dustin Sugasa said...

Perhaps this would be a good time to recount your own struggles with sleep deprivation on RAAM for the readers?

Bill Baker said...

Dustin - I hardly think that's relevant. That was 1996. I was only 17 years old, still a virgin and wondering what to do with my life. I was confused and homesick, having never left Connecticut before crewing for RAAM. I had recently been testing alternative lifestyles that didn't work out and was wondering would I ever find true happiness.

Wait - that was you. Never mind.

Dustin Sugasa said...

Touche Bill Baker....touche...