Monday, September 11, 2006

LOTOJA - aka "Ride for the Mentally Unstable"

So this past weekend, Chris, KC, Eric Lex and I rode the LOTOJA race. For those of you who are not familiar with this acronym, that's Logan TO Jackson. A one day, 206 mile race over the mountains and through the woods of Utah, Idaho and Wyoming.

This is my 4th LOTOJA ride and while it was not the hardest for me, it was certainly tough and is just one of those experiences you think will be a profound, life-altering accomplishment but in reality is just a very hard day of riding that you suffer through the best you can and immediately afterwards say to yourself, "NEVER AGAIN!"

The more enjoyable aspect to this event is the experience of riding with friends and spending the weekend with them, travelling, joking, talking, eating and yes..riding ALOT.

It wouldn't be the same experience without those I rode with and who supported us. Thank you very much Dave and Sherry.

Not that every big event has to be an analogy for some aspect of life, but it seems to me that this sort of experience does teach you something about what's most important. When you are suffering most, it's your friends and family you turn to, and in the absence of them, anyone with similar objectives will do. The cooperative spirit is strong when everyone wants to just make it in. Words of encouragement and praise for efforts made are honest and most appreciated. Additionally, like most things, it's more mental than physical. Sure there are people who just cannot continue at some point, however for many of us, the determination to finish can override the fatigue, pain and mental dullness brought on by such an effort. I appreciate those who, when suffering most, keep a positive outlook and do their best to encourage and assist others along the way.

Here are some photos from the Day 'o Sufferin'

In the early AM

Rest Stop in Afton

Arriving in Alpine

The crew departing Alpine for Snake River Canyon

Friday, September 01, 2006

Jansen Max Payne

So here's your official announcement of the name of child #3. Jansen Max Payne. Wanted to post a few more pictures for you to see and I will endeavor to keep other photos of family and events posted here.

Sept and Oct are looking to be very busy months with a new baby, work, LOTOJA next week, Zion Hiking Trip, 24 Hours of Moab and a few other trips and activities on the schedule.

Sierra and Jansen

Kohl and Jansen


Kohl and Jansen