Hello Tandem RAAM followers.
First of all, my sincerest apologize for disappearing during such a suspenseful time. As many already know through Facebook or Live Tracking, Tandem RAAM withdrew from RAAM near the 1,000 mile mark in Colorado after battling days of health issues compounded by desert heat waves and massive climbs.
Not only am I stupendously proud of Ann, John and their crew for embarking on this wild challenge and the miles they rolled over, but for making smart, rational decisions when the time came to do so.
Ultra-racing requires a lot of grit and stubbornness. A desire to do what many think is impossible. Sometimes a little stubbornness can get you through but it can also send you down a dangerous road. It can be a challenge of personal character to know when to let go and not let your ego push you to the point of personal harm. I admire the way Ann and John ride and how they put their goals in perspective. At the end of the day, they are parents, friends, and important members of their community and their overall health and safety far outweigh any one ride. Thank you for showing us humility and strength in the face of adversity. And most importantly, teaching us to aim for the biggest, baddest goal you can imagine without fear of failure.
Tandem RAAM isn’t quite over yet though. John and Ann’s mission to raise money for First Descents continues as they make their way home across the country. If you haven’t already, please consider supporting their cause with a gift of $25. I know it would mean a lot to them.
Lastly, John and Ann took some time to focus on what was important at a beautiful mountain in Colorado. Making me get out the tissues, they held on mock wedding ceremony declaring their commitment to each other. Through the highs and the lows, sickness and health, Tandem RAAM is stronger than ever. Rest up and ride on. Congratulations John and Ann!