Monday, April 23, 2012
Well, it was the century that wasn't. It was raining well before the ride began, and continued throughout the entire day. The temp started at 50 and stayed very close to that. The wind was out of the NW and was relentless. The route was one big hill after another. Other than that, it was a great day for a ride! The smiles and camaraderie were abundant. I met several new friends and had a good time. Unfortunately, the cold rain scared off many people who had signed up to ride. Many of those who showed up opted for the shorter distances. (31, 62 and 100) When we got to the 50 mile rest stop, we were informed that the 100 mile portion of the route had been closed. We were a little disheartened, but a little relieved at the same time. I had enough time to complete the 100 mile route and I knew I would push through just to finish. However, considering the elements we were facing that may not have been the best idea. So, I finished with 62 miles, a metric century.
I did find a out few things about myself during the ride. I am not the fastest rider out there, nor am I the slowest. I can tackle any hill that gets in my way. I can handle riding in any weather nature can throw at me. I have the mental strength and intestinal fortitude to press on when others throw in the towel. I am a cyclist!