When my biker friends and I signed up for the Minnesota Ironman Bike Ride back in March we planned on doing the 67-mile ride. Then, seeing the questionable forecast, we elected to do the 36-mile ride. A little rain didn’t dampen our spirits.
When we started on Sunday morning it wasn’t terrible, but then the rain and wind picked up. You know how much I like to bike in the wind.
|Time(CDT)||Temp.||Humidity||Wind Speed||Gust Speed||Conditions|
|8:34 AM||51.8 °F||94%||8.1 mph||16.1 mph||Thunderstorms and Rain|
|8:53 AM||51.8 °F||94%||13.8 mph||–||Heavy Rain|
|9:14 AM||51.8 °F||94%||15.0 mph||–||Light Rain|
|9:34 AM||50.0 °F||94%||12.7 mph||19.6 mph||Light Rain|
Weather history curtesy of Weather Underground.
So when we got to the turn for the 36 and 67-mile routes, we opted for the 15-mile route.
Every pedal stroke was like stepping on a carpeted floor that had recently flooded. But we finished!
We were done so early they didn’t have the Surly kegs out yet, so we settled for hot coffee and a hot dog. The way back to the car was miserable. I was so cold and I couldn’t find my car amongst the 3,000 other idiots who came out to ride! I had to use the panic button and found it two rows over. Luckily I had a towel and some dry clothes to change into, but I still cranked the heat up to 85 on the way home.