I got a FREE entry into the Mt. Baker Bike Club’s Chuckanut century from Lorne Rubis. He is the CEO at my work, but he also has a side project which actually sponsored the event. Check out his site at www.lornrubis.com.
I met up with 6 others at Boundary Bay Brewery to start the ride. We all didn’t know how long we were going to ride, just play it by ear. There were some dark clouds in the sky, but no rain yet. *knock on wood*
We did the south loop which took us down into Skagit County on many roads I have ridden before here and here. There was a gnarly headwind going out – we were only holding paces of 13mph or so. LAME! But alas we turned around and the headwinds turned into tailwinds and we FLEW – 21mph averages!
When we came to the last rest stop, we all decided to just do the metric century – 62 miles. Just a note on the rest stops – they had GREAT snacks: licorice, bagels, grapes (my fave), brownies, bananas, chocolate covered pretzels, etc. SO GOOD.
We were headed back with about 10 miles to go and the sky opened and it just POURED. I couldn’t have been wetter if I jumped in a lake. I was already tired, so being wet too, I was plain ‘ol miserable. MISERABLE! I’m not gonna lie, there was one point going up a hill that I had to choke back a tear because I was so over it. I hate feeling that way when I’m doing something I normally love.
But we finished of course. I was so ready to go home that I didn’t even exchange my ticket for a FREE Boundary Bay IPA! If that doesn’t tell you how awful I felt, I don’t know what will. This was my last biking event for the season, so I’m going to take some time off the bike and try to build up my love for it again.
I don’t know if it was because I was untrained for this ride or the fact that it was raining, but it made me think a lot of negative thoughts about my ability to ride. There aren’t many long rides that I’ve been on that have been really good. I’m always so crappy feeling at the end of them. Maybe I don’t ride enough to get to the point where long rides are a breeze, but right now I can honestly say that I don’t want to do a long distance ride (over 30 miles) for awhile.