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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 7/25/2013 12:13PM

    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.

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BOLEBRON 7/24/2013 8:53PM

    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

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LIV2RIDE 7/24/2013 2:43PM

    I love that you still got in a ride. I am not a fan of riding in the rain either.

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MIRAGE727 7/24/2013 1:19PM

    Stay the warrior!
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