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When Lightning Strikes...

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

I was supposed to ride 50 miles in the Katy Flatland Century ride on Sunday. All week we'd been having afternoon thunderstorms & Saturday's was particularly hairy. My daughter & I were out shopping at one point and the thunder boomed so loud that many people jumped. By Saturday night, the chance of rain was at 30%.

I woke up at 4:30 am to leave at 5:00. The forecast looked like nothing would happen until after noon. We would start at 6:45, so I figured I'd be done around 11:00 and so the weather shouldn't be a problem.

The ride was about a 40 minute drive from home. As I started driving, I could see lots of lightning in the south - the ride was in the southwest. Lightning was striking about every 10 seconds! It was BAD! And then I heard the radio say that there was a 50% chance of rain by 10 am. Yikes! I stopped and pulled up a radar on my cell phone. It did NOT look good.

Rats! I was so frustrated! Rain isn't so bad, but I'd even left my light rain jacket at home because I thought I'd be fine. But now... I could get soaked! And, riding in a thunderstorm is a big no-no. ((sigh)) I decided to turn around & go home.

I crawled back into bed at 6 am and told my hubby what happened. And, I sadly fell back to sleep...

But, then I woke up before 7. Oh, yeah! There is a weekly group ride at 8 am that goes for about 22 miles that I'd tried only the week before. It was sunny at my house. I could do that!

And, I DID! I'm so proud of myself! I was really upset about missing out on this big ride, but I made the best of it and went for a ride anyway. And, I had a great time & made another new friend!

As we started the ride we could see big thunderheads to the southwest so I wondered how the riders were doing. For their sake, I hoped it wasn't raining. For mine, I hoped it was nasty so I'd feel better! (How bad is that?) I did talk to a friend yesterday who told me they had some rain but no thunder. Oh, well!

My philosophy lately is, "How bad do you want it?" And, I have to prove to myself that I want it BAD! And, on Sunday, I proved it once again!

"How bad do you want it?"
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  • BUTTERFLY-1976
    I'll run & ride in the rain...not a biggie. I actually find it refreshing. But as soon as it starts to thunder...I'm DONE. Cause I know there's gonna be lightening. And that's just not happening. lol.

    Good for you for finding another door, instead of keeping it closed & not riding! It may not have been the ride you were looking forward to..but you met a new friend, so that's awesome.
    1669 days ago
    You were determined to ride that Saturday and you did it. Not the route you wanted but what it matters if that you did it. COngrats! emoticon
    1670 days ago
    I love that you still got in a ride. I am not a fan of riding in the rain either.
    1670 days ago
  • MIRAGE727
    Stay the warrior!
    I love to hear these positive waves and feed on them. Thank you!

    1670 days ago
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