There’s no denying it, yesterday was brutal. The excessive heat and monster climbs coupled with sleep deprivation took a little bite out of Tandem RAAM. For anyone that’s ridden a tandem before, you know that climbing does not come easily on a tandem (and if you haven’t, now you know). It takes a little more force to get those pedals around and causes fatigue faster than a single bike. It’s HARD!
Last night John and Ann took some time to regroup, and rest in order to focus on the road ahead, setting their sites on Durango. As of 8am (EDT) this morning, they were just outside of TS 10 Tuba City, AZ. Today, Tandem RAAM is riding steady and ready to take on Durango.
Durango, CO is about 400km (250miles) to the northwest and will land them officially in the Rocky Mountains. In endurance races, I always find it important to have micro-goals. Sometimes it’s the next control/checkpoint/mile marker. Don’t ever think about the finish line. Just move your legs and look at the road ahead. Every step or pedal stroke is a win.
Here’s Tandem RAAM’s goal for today: Durango by midnight. They’ll have about 10,000ft of climbing and 2 major climbs (see map below, elevation profile on left). It won’t be easy but they’re amazing athletes fully capable of getting there.
They’ll still have another 500+ miles of Rocky Mountains to bike through before they find themselves in tandem country. It’ll be a major accomplishment that will muster a ton of strength and willpower. Even though John and Ann may be a thousand miles away on a bicycle in the mountains, I know your support means the world to them. Reach out, share your support through facebook or comments below, donate to their cause and the crew will share the love. Help them keep pedaling! Can I hear a woot, woot?!