I put the pedal down to make some time
There's something good waitin' down this road
I'm pickin' up whatever is mine
- Tom Petty
Rob has been on the bike for 48 hours. His total mileage is 750 - pretty much where I thought he would be in the mid-morning update. As discussed, this is a phenomenally great start, but an unsustainable pace. But it hews to a philosophy of some of the best racers in RAAM history, to wit: "Ride while the ridin's good."
An explanation: Basically, this race will slowly wear these athletes down to nothing, so people try to get in a decent amount of miles while they are still relatively fresh. If you think about it, Rob has been riding for two straight days with only two hours sleep. That can not continue.
A number of things will start to affect Rob (and all the racers) over the next few days:
- General fatigue
- The body physically breaking down
- Sleep deprivation
- Acute physical maladies (neck pain, saddle sores, whatever)
- Unknown external factors (mainly weather)
Note: Rob will roll into TS 13 - Montezuma Creek, Utah, at around 4:30 PM EDT. Next stop: Cortez, Colorado, the site of 2008's pace van breakdown. For you elevation junkies, the ride from Montezuma Creek to Cortez is 50 miles, uphill (1,700 feet of elevation), so if Rob seems to be going bit slower for the next few hours, you know why. Chew on that while you are chewing on dinner.