Day 22: RACE ACROSS AMERICA-Louis Rodriguez (catching up)


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Posted by Gail Marino on August 29, 2004 at 21:36:05:

In Reply to: RACE ACROSS AMERICA-Louis Rodriguez updates posted by Gail Marino on August 02, 2004 at 09:02:43:

RAA DAY #22 SATURDAY 7/3/04

      We start out today from Helper, Utah to Duchesne, Utah for 43.1 miles with a cutoff of 12 hrs, 18 min. It's a cool start & you can actually hear the wind blowing from off the mountains. Everyone is here except Taka. When we receive the course for the day, it has directions to the start from the hotel, but today's course outline did not. Some of us were worried that Taka & his crew were lost, but the show must go on. So Alan said his usual "get set, go" & off went the start. 8 min after the start, Taka's car pulls up, they had made a wrong turn. Taka jumps out of his car as quickly as he can & has a 8 1/2 min late start. Lou is waiting for Taka at 0.1 miles to help him across the railroad tracks because it is difficult for him to make it over alone.
      It was extremely windy along this winding mountain road. The duo ran tucked in single file along the white line against the traffic. The wind was at their face, as Lou was in front of Taka. The traffic was light but grew a bit heavier as the day went on. By 10am, it started to warm up. A friend of Taka's from college had arrived this morning to run with him, but when Taka did not show he started out with Kaz for a while. He would then drive his car up the mountain a few miles, then run down to meet Lou & Taka, & then run up with them until they reached his car. This did not last for too long, I even got tired watching him. Lou's head was just not into running today, (he didn't say why, but I am sure that Alan's remarks from yesterday had something to do with it). Taka liked running up hill, he told us he had ran up Mt. Fugi during a half marathon, so we knew that he was fine for now. We didn't have any mailboxes so far along the route, so Lou decided to help crew Taka for a while after 8 miles.
      By 21 miles, the wind seemed to have shifted to their backs now. Taka was maintaining 6 minutes within cutoff so far. But the downhill running, is what really is a painful task for Taka. So for the last 10 miles, Lou ran with Taka to help him through the downhill.  Alan gave Taka the 8 1/2 minutes he lost for being late this morning. Lou's mileage for today was 18 &  gratification in seeing Taka make it through another day.
 Til tomorrow. Lou & Agnes




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