I try and do the right Seattleite thing and support the concept of global warming, but I am about ready to suspend belief. All this talk about the planet warming and disrupting normal weather patterns-fact or fiction? This is the first day I really even thought about the lousy weather we have been having. I’ve just been doing my thing; riding my bike, avoiding the rain, and wearing a little more clothing than normal. All of a sudden, Seattle does indeed seem to be the coldest place in the country for the last month, as many have reported. Seattle must be the coldest place in the world, at least north of the equator.
Today would have been a better day for a “how to brush the grit out of your teeth while riding" clinic, rather than the pacelines and efficient group riding team clinic we did before the ride.
Who dresses for a full saturation deluge on a 51 degree day in late June? Certainly not our group of seven, especially after viewing multiple forecasts of 65 degrees with a 10-20% chance of isolated showers, and certainly not the hordes of people riding in the Livestrong event. What a horrible day to ride 100 miles with a Montreaux climb coming at mile 80! By 51 degrees, I don’t mean at the start, I mean at the finish of our 40 mile ride. It really was a bone chilling ride, compounded by the fact that no one had more than a light jacket to hide under. Thank God for the jet tub!
The Livestrong event appeared to be extremely well organized, with hordes of volunteers directing people, and police manning many of the intersections. Most of the people we saw appeared to be relatively new cyclists, and most were not geared up at all for the weather. We didn’t hear any of them complaining, and I bet almost all of them went the distance, whatever distance they signed up for.
Normally we expect a bit of a traffic jam coming home from Seward through Bicycle Sunday, when the road is closed to cars and open to what at times seems like a million cyclists and pedestrians. The weather was so crappy that we pretty much had the road to ourselves, and four of us put in a nice 23+mph paceline up Lake Washington Blvd. At this point, it was more to get warm than anything else.
It’s still raining as I type this. We are sitting on 54 degrees, the likely high for the day. Only four people showed up for our Meet the Team Ride yesterday, and they rode in a drizzle. Only seven came out today to ride in the cold rain. My hat is off to the many riders who were out supporting the Livestrong cause.