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Saturday, September 10, 2005

Ahhhhhhh My Brain Hurts!



Mark, the Kona Mechanic, shows the "other" side to the 24 hr race. (The race and the party!)

(Current) 7:20 AM The sun has come back out and we no longer have to deal with the frost and near freezing temps. I am going to make this short because I am cashed. My brain hurts, my body feels pretty good, and my stomach feels like poo. We just put in back to back 48 minute laps to re-take the lead by 4 minutes. The lead has switched hands now nearly 10 times and it is getting a little old. This is a 24 hr race, not a sprint race. It is looking like it is going to come down to the last lap?!

Fatigue is officially starting to set it and the clock has just struck 3:21 AM. No one has slept yet and lap times have slipped from 46 min. to about 50 min. We are currently chasing 3D/Tamarack by only 3 minutes and we have raced for 13 hrs!!! Tokyo Joes is back by about 35 minutes. I am envious of all you that can't read this because your sound asleep! I won't sleep till Sunday Night. I have so much respect for anyone who does one of these crazy races solo. Each one of you is a hero in my book!


this is an audio post - click to play

5 Comments:

Blogger Mom said...

Great to hear your voice, Nick. Thanks! What a gift after thinking of you all night and praying you were all well, warm and maintaining stamina. A mother's intuition says that you've got lots left in you and that was great to "hear." VW/Trek is there! You can do this! Keep a positive attitude and gather all the strength, talent and drive to push forward this morning and into the afternoon! I've got so much respect for ALL of you to attempt such a feat. You've all worked so hard already and are RIGHT THERE! Yes! Give it all you've got! Your team has got what it takes to be #1! Looking forward to morning updates! The sun will be coming up soon....Love ya, Mom

4:22 AM  
Blogger Mom said...

You are right...24 hour races shouldn't have to be ridden like a sprint race...The competition is grueling, huh? Knowing the hardest stretch is going on as I type...hoping your team remains strong until the finish! You've got what it takes, Nick! I'm rootin' for you!

Mom

8:49 AM  
Blogger JB said...

Keep the rubber side down, its gonna get intense out there, I left at dawn (EST) for a 4+ hour road ride, couldn't wait to get back and see how ya'll are doing.
Good luck.

8:52 AM  
Blogger Mom said...

For those itching for more updates and results, check out the official Koba website and see what you can find:

http://sleeplessinthesaddleusa.com/home/index.php

Waiting to hear from Trek/VW team. Now for race recovery.......

1:33 PM  
Blogger Mom said...

Haven't heard from the team as they recover from a gruelly race, However, for those of you eager to know...Results are posted!

http://sleeplessinthesaddleusa.com/home/results.php

I'm so proud of you, Trek/VW team! Way to go!!!

4:06 AM  

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