At this point, Michael’s goal is to be a RAAM Finisher. There isn’t any other solo riders behind him, but there is a clock ahead of him that is counting down the minutes until the race is over. We all believe he will make it. He believes he will make it. When he is not riding his bike he is running marathons and 50k races, 50 milers and 100 mile endurance runs. Then he’ll throw in both and add a swim and do an Iron Man triathalon. The Clif Bar Pacer Team he paces with came out to meet him at the Blanchester, OH time station to lift his spirits and pull him out of the race for an hour. He needed it and if posting his second fastest time station average on the way in to Blanchester since Greensburg, KS (TS24) or constantly looking around and waving good-bye as he rode out to loud cheering is any indication, it meant a lot to him.
If you look closely, you can tell who the crew is – they are the ones with the glazed looks in their eyes. Michael has his proudest tired face on, apparently drawing energy from Nicole’s smile and the box of chinese food in his hand. Just another “day on a road trip” for little Dylan. The time station staff joined in the party and Captain Doug Phillis was so kind to offer the crew some ice, water and cookies for the rest of the trip.
At the end of the day, if you can enjoy friends, see the sun rise and the sun set, take a bike ride and have a cookie you can count it as a good day. Today was a good day for Team Cook.
And when the party was over – it was back to work for Michael and the crew.