With a morning start at Ottowa lake in the southern Kettle Moraine State Forest, Joel polished off the first section of his solo Iron-man, avoiding the thunder and lightning that immediately proceeded it. The rain would be a constant nearly all day...
Transitioning to the bike, Joel began his ride with LPTR Christine Crawford as company for all of the nearly 114 mile ride. The trek was with out the benefit of controlled road crossings forcing the pair to stop at intersections, costing time and momentum. Still, they managed a steady effort all day dodging some of the rain but not mechanical troubles. A flat along the way proved costly for Joel as the tube repair didn't hold and an hour and twenty minute delay ensued. Back in the saddles, Joel and Christine resumed and cruised the rest of the way staying just ahead of the thunder and lightning.
|Joel crossing Ice-Age trail meadows|
|Cruising as darkness closes in...|
Success! While Joel looked solid all day, it must have been quite an effort as he actually DECLINED an ice-cold Hamm's after the finish!?!? What!!?!?
Congratulations on an amazing effort Joel!!
|Joel and his (significantly) better half, Sandee|