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Just for Fun Friday – Good News/Bad News Edition

Howdy out there in the real world!  As you may have surmised from the title of this blog post, we have some good news and some bad news here on Team Virtus.  So, do you want the good news first?  Or the bad news first?  Well, it doesn’t really matter what you want, because I’m going to give you the good news first.

The Good News

Team Virtus will be launching a three-pronged assault on the Tour De Donut tomorrow morning.  This is a 32 mile road race.  A Road Race?!?!  That’s right, Team Virtus will be competing in a road race.  This isn’t just any road race, though.  Check this out:

 

 

This race was tailor-made for Team Virtus — me in particular since I’m not fast on a bike, but I can put down donuts with the best of them… I hope.  So stay tuned for a race report from tomorrow’s race.  Now, on to…

The Bad News

Originally, we were going to have 5-pronged attack, but sadly, Robby Brown and Bob Jenkins are not going to be able to make it to The Tour.  Robby, our most accomplished (and only) roadie is in the middle of moving into a SWEET new house.  And Bob, our most accomplished eater and the favorite on our team to podium since he’s also fast on the bike, could not find anyone to fill in for him at work even though he has always gone out of his way to fill in for others when they need him to.

So Adam Laffoon, Rusty Sapp, and I will be heading to Staunton, IL tomorrow morning.  Our good friend (and possible future teammate???) Kate will be there as well, and she’s the defending silver medal winner from last year.  Hopefully, we can glean some pointers from such a seasoned Donut Veteran before tomorrow’s race.

We’re REALLY excited about this race, but we just wish Bob and Robby could go.  There is no doubt that they will be missed, but we MUST go on without them.  We MUST do them proud.  When we feel like we can’t go any faster, we MUST think of Robby and pedal that much harder.  When we feel like we can’t take another bite, we MUST think of Bob and chew that much faster.  In their absence, we MUST represent Team Virtus to the best of our ability.

On a side note, I’d like to thank my amazingly incredible wife for letting me camp out with two other dudes on our 11th anniversary.  Baby, you’re the greatest!

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About Lukas Lamb

Husband to a wonderful wife, father to 4 incredible kids (3 daughters and 1 son), adventure racer, mountain biker, runner, lifter of weights, reader of books, and lover of life. He can be found on Google+

Posted on July 8, 2011, in Nonsense and Tomfoolery, Upcoming Races and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.

  1. wait, there’s a race this weekend?

  2. Good news: new place for Robbie and Sarah. Bad news: Bob works with a bunch of douchebags. Granted, I’m judging them on this one weekend, but still…for a guy who can put away that much egg nog to miss a donut-eating ride–on his birthday week, no less!–is a travesty.

    And yes, your wife is amazing. No way would my husband let me spend our anniversary with two other guys…

  3. I’ve been at work for 7 hours and taken 1 xray.

  4. And I thought a 45 minute wait for a foot x-ray last month was bad. Your hospital is even slower than mine. I’d be pissed if it took 7 hours to get an x-ray. Are you doing a work slow down in retaliation for not getting hte day off. I can’t believe you got away with taking 7 hours to do one x-ray.

  5. You see, I am the funny brother.

  6. No, I mean only one xray has been ordered since I’ve been here. Actually, now I’ve done 2 exams. 45 minutes for a foot-series is ridiculous. I can do that in less than 1 minute.

  7. That really was a pretty good one from Casey. However, I think everyone knows he is NOT the funny brother (other than his looks; he is the funny looking brother). Every once in a while, though, even Casey can come up with a gem.

    Race report on the Tour de Donut will be coming soon, but we did NOT fare well. We needed Bob more than ever. Stay tuned for all of the deets.

  8. Rumor has it that one of your team members helped out my son at the tour-de-donut this past weekend. Did one of you change a flat for a young man (13, but 6’ tall) at about the 20 mile mark, about 2 hours into the race?

    • Adam is the one that helped a young man fix a flat. I don’t know if it was your son or not, but that sounds like it was about the same spot and a fitting description of him. Adam was following the “Virtus Code” – No man (or young man in this case) left behind. Even though we “fire” him from the team repeatedly, I’m proud to call him a friend and teammate. Knowing Adam, I’m sure he was more than happy to help.

  9. Thanks Adam! I hear you helped out my son at the tour-de-donut this past weekend. This was his first timed event of any kind and the first bike race for my wife and I. We had planned to stay together for the race, but after the 2nd donut stop Lynette was off pace. I was hanging back with her and Mason kept his pace. When she saw that she told me don’t let that 13 year old that has been lying on the couch all summer beat us, go get ‘em. When I passed him I told him he could try and keep up with me, but at least keep ahead of mom. Lynette and I carried repair kits and cell phones, Mason only had water on his bike. After that he dropped back and I didn’t see him again. Apparently he was struggling to pedal a bike with a flat tire and did not realize it. Eventually he pulled off the side and was taking the wheel of so mom could help him out. Well she must have been tired and had her head down as she pedaled right by him. Poor Mason yelling mom, Mom, MOM and her just breezing on past. I think he was pretty upset and ‘lost’ at that point. A few minutes later a friendly rider stopped and helped. He provided Mason with a fresh tube and pumped it up with a CO2 cartridge and sent him on his way. After the finish line Mason was disappointed about the flat tire, he was down about being beat by his mom and dad, but mostly he was amazed that another rider would sacrifice his finish time to stop and help. We talked about that for awhile and it really impacted him.

    I want to offer my thanks for assisting Mason. Not just with the tire, but you taught him a very important life lesson. I think it will stick with him for a long time. By the way, Mason enjoyed the ride and is ready to sign up for the next one. I don’t think he will be as easy to beat next time….

  10. Craig, I was more than happy to help your son. I’m glad he made it the rest of the way OK and the race was still a positive experience for him. I can certainly appreciate the disappointment of having a flat as I experienced one shortly after the first stop. I hope he continues to ride and I’m sure he will do fine next year. We are already looking forward to next year too. With such a diverse group of riders, I think this race is a perfect opportunity to get my 13 year old son out there as well. Thank you for the post. Take care.

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