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Gallup, New Mexico
United States
New Mexico Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics
Total Time = 25m 46s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Spent the morning running errands, went by the stadium and cheered on my DARE students who were having their district track and field day. Had a sandwich and carefully disassembled "Old Glory" (my bike) and managed to make it fit into the backseat of a caged police package crown vic. Not a fitting place for a bike that you like, but I didn't want to hear about it from the chief for putting a trunk rack on a brand new black and white.

I was only supposed to drive support/escort...but you never know when a chance to ride will come in...
Event warmup:

None. I spent a good portion of the afternoon driving escort and shooting video.
  • 25m 46s
  • 6.28 miles
  • 14.62 mile/hr

The event is a benefit for new Mexico Special Olympics. The course reads a little bit like a Hillerman novel. This leg was from Shiprock to Gallup. I picked up the group north of a small town called Tohatchi. The Torch was being relayed by the Navajo Tribal Police from the Shiprock and Crownpoint Districts.

The New Mexico desert gets a little hot and dry in May, there were a few officers that didn't show, and after finding out that I had a road bike, my weary comrades asked if I could take a stretch...all uphill.

My leg was from Tohlakai to about Yahtahey. There used to be such a sense of adventure on that old road. Once upon a time it was a two laner with steep shoulder named Highway 666. The road has calmed down. My stretch was now mostly 4 laner and the roadname was changed to Highway 491 a few years ago. The shoulders are wide enough that my escort vehicles and I didn't have to venture into the traffic lane too often.

Nothing spectacular about the ride itself, except for maybe the scenery. I've grown partial to desert over the past 15 years.
Post race
Warm down:

Loaded up the bike and drove some more.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I really felt burned out after the Ragnar Del Sol at the end of March so I took some time off from training. I've also been sick to the point where my wife says I should see a doctor...maybe next week.

And I can't begin to describe the wind and heat for May...I'm more of a morning/early evening rider.

Event comments:

Being the the coordinator, it wouldn't be fair to do a full race evaluation. I had a really good group working for me that I'll give credit to for getting it together. Only complaint was a few no shows. Special Olympics is a great program with a really appreciative group of athletes. It's really rewarding to help make it possible for them.

Last updated: 2007-05-10 12:00 AM
00:25:46 | 06.28 miles | 14.62 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Below average
Wind: Headwind
Course: Hwy 491-Tohlakai to Yahtahey
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Course challenge
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
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Race evaluation [1-5]

2007-05-10 11:04 PM

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Subject: NM Law Enforcement Torch Run: Shiprock to Gallup

2007-05-11 9:20 AM
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Albuquerque, NM
Subject: RE: NM Law Enforcement Torch Run: Shiprock to Gallup

You  are the man!  Thanks so much for taking the time and effort to put this together.  I'll be running in the Law Enforcement torch run in Albuquerque next Friday and then into the stadium for the opening of the games.  I'm going to have the Honor to run into the stadium with my niece who is a participant in the Games!  Good job.


2007-05-11 9:56 AM
in reply to: #796686

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New Mexico
Subject: RE: NM Law Enforcement Torch Run: Shiprock to Gallup
That's awesome that you come out and support your neice. Hope to see you at the final leg (my schedule is still pending)
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