DENVER – Don’t be surprised to see some deep, dark bags underneathKody Lostroh’s eyes when he nods his head inside the bucking chutes Friday night at the National Western Complex for the Denver All-Star Rodeo.
Lostroh believes he only got around two hours of sleep on Tuesday and Wednesday, as his wife, Candace, went into labor and eventually gave birth to the family’s second daughter, Odessa, on Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. MT.
Odessa is 6 pounds, 9 ounces. The Lostrohs also have a 21-month old daughter, Sheridan.
“Everything is going good,” Lostroh said Thursday afternoon with the intention that he and his growing family would be returning home later that evening.
“It seems like it should be illegal that you can just go to a hospital and leave with a human in a couple of days,” he joked. “But I am learning now. It’s good. I like being a parent and I realize now how difficult, but how fun it is.
Despite the quick turnaround, Lostroh plans on competing this weekend, and, who knows, maybe Odessa is the start of his luck turning.
It has been a trying season for the 2009 World Champion. He is currently ranked 47th in the world standings after competing in only six Built Ford Tough Series events due to a pesky injury to his riding hand (left), which was later determined to be two small fractures. Lostroh first suffered the injury during the second BFTS regular-season event in Chicago.
With it came honest frustration.
“Yeah, it was kind of irritating because I would get a different opinion from different doctors,” Lostroh said. “I never got the same opinion twice. So finally, I got to the point where I said screw it. I am going to go compete. It will get better when it gets better.”
The Longmont, Colo., native was disappointed that he was unable to compete at the 2013 Touring Pro Division Finals in Denver back in January due to the injury.
“I was disappointed I couldn’t compete in January, because that was the first time in like 10 years I wasn’t able to ride there,” Lostroh said. “I’m glad I get a chance this weekend to hopefully make it up.”
He will ride on Friday night in a draw featuring Ben Jones, Chad VanAmburg, Derek Powell, Jory Markiss, Joseph McConnel, Josh Faircloth and Scottie Knapp. Saturday he will haul some of his bulls –Snake Eyes, Andy’s Pet and Honey Badger – as the other eight riders –Bart Miller, Claudio Crisostomo, Fabiano Vieira, Joao Ricardo Vieira,Jordan Hupp, Mike Lee, Renato Nunes and Travis Briscoe – will compete in the other long round of the shootout bull riding event. The winner of each long round will face off in the finals on Saturday night.
Lostroh has already won $1,000 after receiving the most fan votes leading up to the event with 3,377. Lee was second with 2,304.
The 2005 Rookie of the Year is coming off the Stanley Performance in Action Invitational where he was able to ride Double Clutch for 83 points. It was his first ride since returning to action in Fresno, Calif., and first since an 85.75-point effort on Speckled Ivory in Chicago. He originally tried returning to the BFTS to no avail in Oklahoma City and wound up sitting out eight events.
Kody Lostroh rides Double Clutch for 83.25 points in Billings, Mont. Photo by Andy Watson / BullStockMedia.com.
“I am moving right along in the right direction,” Lostroh said. “It was giving me problems for some time, but I think it’s getting better. It still hurts plenty, but I kind of am figuring how to block that out now.
“It should have been healed a long time ago, but sometimes stuff doesn’t cooperate like it should.”
While admitting the injury and season has had its fair share of frustrations, Lostroh remains poised and confident for the final three BFTS first-half events, the summer break and then the second half of the season.
In theory, yes, it would be great to earn some points this weekend and carry 25 percent of them over to the world standings, but Lostroh thinks the standings will all work itself out.
“It’s always good to get points no matter how little or how much, especially for me getting hurt right off the bat and missing so many events,” Lostroh said. “I’m not too worried about it. I just don’t sweat it, because it doesn’t do any good to worry about something that you know you are capable of doing.”
So far Lostroh believes winning the World Championship in 2009 was harder than being a first-time father over the past almost two years.
Although that may change he admits.
“Well, right now, I think winning a world title is harder, but you have to ask me that when I have a teenager daughter,” Lostroh laughed.
Until then, though, he would love to notch a bull riding event win for his new, baby daughter.
I already won once this week with my daughter,” Lostroh concluded. “Hopefully, we will finish off with a bull riding win too.”
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