Josh completed his 6th Lotoja this month, that's 206 miles x 6 = 1236miles all from the seat of his bike. I guess 6 must be a lucky number because he rode his personal best finishing in 9hrs 53 minutes. To put 6 times into perspective, the first time we supported Josh on this crazy ride Sasha had to be carted around in the baby bjorn and I was stressing out trying to feed her while meeting all Josh at his feed zone. Truth be told, I missed his first 2 support stations that year, he survived. Now the whole family is old pros at this very long day. This year marked the first time we all got up and went to the starting line to send Josh off on his painful journey. I try to let the kids sleep as long as possible since it is an exhausting day for them but decided they were all old enough to deal with it. I also appreciated the slightly later start time he received, leaving the gate at 7:16am.
Since they send the 2000 riders off in small groups every few minutes it was fun to wave him good luck.
The early fall leaves made for a beautiful ride.
Question: How many lotoja bike racers wear a Cisco webex jersey? Just one!
Finally through the finish line in Teton Village... with enough energy to give me a face.
The whole reason Josh did the race again was to receive his lotoja 1000 gear. Kinda silly that they make you ride it 6 times to actually get the award. I think they are afraid that people will wise up after 5 years of shear pain and not come back unless they hold on to the award an extra year. I don't know if the memory of the pain has worn off enough to make the decision for lotoja 7. I compare this event to child birth, it takes a while for the pain of giving birth to wear off before you are willing to do it all over again. Way to go Josh, we are so proud of you. Now on to your next adventure......