There are times when I am excited about a ride and really can’t stand when it doesn’t work out. Back in my youth, I would usually just suck it up and do the ride, whether it was good for me or not.
Last weekend was a scheduled SIR ride that sounded great, and would have been one of my longest rides to date. It was a 130k (~80 miles) circle starting in Conway, and turning back south in Bellingham. It was set to come down Chuckanut drive – one of the more scenic Washington coastal drives. I was pumped up and ready for it.
Unfortunately, the weather didn’t cooperate. The first sign was that my newish riding buddy was hedging that it would be too wet. I determined to try to at least get up to the start and see how it looked. However, when 6am rolled around, I looked into the Bellingham weather. The gusts I had been hearing that night were getting worse. There was a “wind advisory” predicting 55 mph gusts, with special attention to be careful along the coast. It was of course going to be a headwind starting at the halfway point.
With not too much thought, I rolled over and went back to sleep. I want my randonneuring experience to be fun. Not a chore. Next time will be better…