Day 253: Photo Op

Update: 50 lb Goal Reached Day 124. Current weight – 206.6 lbs – 8.6 lbs to 60 lb goal.

Work with me baby, work with me!

Ok, I almost hesitate to post these, because some are not the most flattering, and well frankly, I feel like I’ve about talked my Challenge to death, but since these just came in from the official photog, here are the Kreutz Photography shots from Livestrong.

Here we are before the ride, thinking everything was just gonna be peachy. It was rainy and cold, but I was hopeful that it might just clear up and that at least part of the day might be dry. Of course, that didn’t come to pass, but such is life, and it makes for great stories.

Funny thing is, I searched out some specific sunglasses that I’d read about – interchangeable lenses and all for different kinds of conditions – you can see them there in my gloved hands….turns out I never wore them. Lots of folks like them on the bike forums, so I got some Tifosi glasses. The lenses I have in them now really give everything a nice warm glow, even on cloudy days. I’ve only been out once since the ride, but used them that day and they were great!

Also that morning, we got the ‘team’ together and did a big group shot with everyone we could find in the rainy mess. I don’t know the final count of the people that decided to show up and brave the weather, but we did have one of the largest teams riding that day. Here’s a shot with the portion of the team I was in. You can find me, I look like I’m all cheeks and goatee on my face.

Next is the line up of riders in before the race. I think that’s Lance and his buddies in the very small group at the bottom. The original 100 milers are on the left, and the 70 milers are on the right…and of due to the weather, we all did the 70 miles together. I’m about 1/3 of the way down on the right, up against the inside curb, but I don’t think I could point myself out.

Then a close up of me leaving. I hate this shot because it looks like I’m all gut, but most of that is the jacket pulling away. I *am* still kind of all gut, but not quite that bad. Still hopeful here that the rain will let up.

Next, a shot where I’m giving one photog the pump fist pose I stole from Keijiro’s ride last year. Definitely tears in my eyes at this point from finishing the ride.

Lastly, the final turn into the courtyard, and a little thumbs up to say ‘hey, I’m still alive!’ Totally worn out, wet and cold and ready to go find my family!

You can view all of the shots from our ride, and/or all the shots that I was in at: – click on Livestrong Challenge Portland, then on Livestrong Ride and Run, and then my bib number is 937 if you want to see those. Gotta get on that next 20 lbs so I’m not making excuses for my gut next year!


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