Hey, where are everybody's LP200 reports? Here's my 2012 edition:
Start time - Dang it! Why can't we start with the other 2 Reel Theatre teams? But we crossed paths many times, so that was cool.
Driver - Joe drove for us and he's great. I hate to sound superior and all, but I'm sure I had the greatest group of guys to ride with!
Fast start - Rob promised that he was going to start easy, but of course he was charging from the start. Classic!
Rain - I got rained on 3 of 4 stages. When I started from More's it was raining, so I had to scrub speed before the corners (yeah, I'm chicken). But I made it to Lowman alive, and still had fun on that stage.
Pain - I started Banner at a reasonable pace, with a big master plan to ride within myself and then hammer the last mile or so. But after being buffeted by wind and rain, somewhere around mile 9 instead of ramping up it felt like I had to slip into survival mode to get to the top. Oh well, the plan was good even if my fitness wasn't there.
Smiley - who came up with that stupid name? Terry and I had a great ride. I was able to contribute, but he was the solid one. Not only did he take great pulls, but he always had a positive attitude, even when a stiff headwind had us crawling up a small incline (12MPH maybe?)
Sun Valley - this is the best last leg I can remember. It took 10 minutes for my legs to wake up, but at least we had a favorable wind for once!
Bobby - a total hero for jumping into LP at the last minute!
Matt - yak king! Severe GI issues and he still smokes me!
Steve L - why did it take you so long to start riding with us??? You should have been throwing down on the road bike years ago!
Fun time taking over the Smokey Mountain patio afterwards, we should do something like that every year.
Who's up for LP 2013?