Tom's doing good. They are in MO now, leaving for their next shift in about an hour. He was actually off to find some caffeine and pizza - hey, you gotta go what you gotta do.
Team Tango rode through the heat of the day today in Kansas. Tom said that it was brutal - 100+ degrees and now the humidity is horrible. When they got to the transition, Dave Eldridge had arranged for the guys to go to a public pool and Tom said they were all in the pool within 3 minutes. Besides some cramping in his legs, Tom said that he's feeling alright - sugars are relatively under control and I think he's happy to be in more "normal" altitudes. He's sleepy now, as he only got about 2 hours of sleep so he thinks this next leg, in the dark is going to be tough. They are fighting on though.
He texted me tonight some highlights or thing's he'll never forget from the trip so far
- a near crash within the first 20 minutes of riding - would have gone over a guardrail and a cliff (which would have ended his race - lovely...)
- Rattle Snakes
- 3am hose showers
- Climbing the Rocky's at 3am in 40 degree temps and then crossing Kansas in 100+ temps during the very next day
- sleep deprivation
- more motivation each pull from the rider car and crew screaming
TT1 is up by about 3.5 hours I think (and at least 1 full time stop). I think they pretty much have a win in the bag and luckily their motivation isn't dwindling because they see that record in sight.
Thank you all so much for your continued support. I read Tom your comments and tell him when I talk to all of you. It means a lot to these guys!!!