“Be careful what you wish for.” A very common warning many of us have heard. With the drought that we have been experiencing this summer, rain has been a welcomed occurance. Unless I have a long ride scheduled. This morning I drove to the Cuyahoga National Park to meet my training partner. It had rained most of the night and a storm came through early today. As I drove to the park the rain lightened to a drizzle. Just in case, I brought two pairs of running shorts in the event we decided to get our long run in if the rain came back. While I didn’t go very far in girl scouts, I have learned to be prepared.
By the time we met up, the sun was coming out so we decided to ride. I mapped out a 13 mile loop that has three hills, one is significant, one medium and one not too bad. We ended up riding 4 loops for 52 miles. I had an 8 mile add on loop for 60, but time was running out as well as patience. Good thing we decided it before we started the last loop too. With three miles left on the ride the sky turned dark and I could see on the horizon rain was falling. I did get caught in the rain the last mile but it was just starting and wasn’t pelting down.
As I road the loop I noticed that a few areas in pervious years were challenging were not too bad today. The hill work I have been doing is paying off. The terrain today was much closer to what I will be riding in the race in September, so I was encouraged. Sometimes things that seem like obstacles turn out to be helpful. The rain stayed away for our ride, but also cooled things down and it was perfect to ride – lower 70’s. The hills I ride by my home can be frustrating because they slow me down. As a result I am strong and getting faster. So when hills and rain get in the way, I will conquer them. I won’t let a few bumps in the road or drops of water get me down.