Duke Dunsford
Post Posted: Fri Aug 15, 2003 8:25 am
 Subject: IBR: Day 5, Getting Tough

For the first time, Leon's starting to sound like the monster's taking a toll on him. This morning, when I told him he was barely going to make it to FL in time based on his current location, he sounded even lower. But then I reminded him he had time for 4 hours of sleep tonight built into the route, and his whole day turned around. "Really? Oh. Then I can do that! That's just great!" was the reply.

We're now into uncharted territory for the rider, not to mention the bike, which I can imagine the rider wishes would blow up for the sheer relief of a rest. But this is the Iron Butt Rally. Not for the faint of heart. It's like a comment I recently heard about the Tour De France. Even the last placed guy to finish is still an absolutely incredible athlete.

...and we're not even half way.


Heather and I are walking out the door headed for Florida. I'll call in a report to someone who can post it here as soon as I hear anything new. -Duke
Catchy
Post Posted: Fri Aug 15, 2003 12:26 pm
 Subject: Re: IBR: Day 5, Getting Tough

Umm, don't mean to sound cynical but is riding with less than a full nights rest long distances really a capital idea ?

If car drivers tried this sort of thing on, I'd want them all in jail.
MIK
Post Posted: Fri Aug 15, 2003 12:41 pm
 Subject: and what is the difference car/bike?

It is against the law in most of the states to drive more than certain amount of hours a day. It is aginst the law to exceed speed limit as well. You never do that of course, right? Or would you say that speeding is less dangerous?

And who said that car drivers don't try this sort of things?
Jim Race
Post Posted: Fri Aug 15, 2003 2:04 pm
 Subject: Re: IBR: Day 5, Getting Tough

Feel free to call me Duke. If I'm not available just leave a msg and I'll post it over.

-jim
Jim Race
Post Posted: Fri Aug 15, 2003 2:06 pm
 Subject: Re: IBR: Day 5, Getting Tough

Catchy... There ain't a whole lot 'normal' about the ironbutt. :)

go read: http://www.ironbutt.com

-jim
VD
Post Posted: Fri Aug 15, 2003 4:24 pm
 Subject: Re: IBR: Day 5, Getting Tough

I'm sure you could apply Yogi Berra's quote to riding the Iron Butt.

"Baseball is 90 percent mental. The other half is physical."

I agree with you that all who finish that ride are incredible. The suffering they are enduring is huge and since you mention the TDF, former racer Andy Hampsten said that in cycling as opposed to sports like boxing, that the pain is all self inflicted. That, no doubt applies to the Iron Butt riders, too.

Leon will finish, bike willing.
VD
Post Posted: Fri Aug 15, 2003 4:39 pm
 Subject: Re: and what is the difference car/bike?

>It is against the law in most of the states to drive more than certain amount of hours a day.<

I didn't know that other drivers besides truckers, were limited in the amount of hours they could operate their vehicles per day. I think truck drivers have a 10 hour limit and have to keep a log book with that information written in it, to show law enforcement if pulled over. Where's Trucker Matt, when you need him?

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