A few weeks ago I signed up for my first bike race of the season! I was so excited because I had been eyeing this race since last year! I registered for the 10 mile option. This race benefited the Special Olympics and was quite inexpensive compared to other bike races I have ridden in. My sister-in-law and her friend were going to be joining me. It is in Lake Charles, LA and I knew the route pretty well because we had ran some of it before for previous 5k’s and 10k’s.
I left around 4:45 am from my house with the bike in the back end of my car and was checking my radar like crazy. I was lucky enough to beat the huge storm that was coming and made it to downtown before it hit!
This is what the radar looked like and when I got there it was still pitch black. They were not going to call the race until 6:00 am. I had been talking to my sister-in-law already that morning and she was headed there. By the time she got there they had just decided to call the race.
I am quite stubborn and still wanted to ride. I continued checking the radar and saw that the rain was not coming just yet. I convinced my sister-in-law and her friend to ride for just a few miles and then we would turn around.
Other people had the same idea as us. We had registered for the race and we still wanted to ride. We saw quite a few runners and bikers on the road. As we were turning to come back the lightning and thunder started. I was a little nervous at this time, and started to ride quite a bit faster.
We ended up making it back to the downtown area and crossed the finish line…..
All in all we biked around 5 miles. It was nice to get it in. We left shortly after that and coincidently the parking lot was very empty. We decided to go to Starbucks and we got there right on time. It started pouring down rain and we got stuck there for a little while. When we did decide to leave I was following my sister-in-law and we had to go around the mall parking lot to avoid the main road because it was completely flooded. We both drive larger cars, but we did not want to attempt to drive through the high water.
We ended up making it back to her house and I was able to hang out and hold this sweet guy!
He has already grown so much and is so precious!
Every time that my friends and I try to complete a race something happens….car troubles, race cancellations, freezing weather, etc. It make for an interested story each and every time and I truly love it!
Up next, Moonlight Madness Bike Ride…..Will it happen or NOT?
Have you had any race cancellations this year due to the CRAZY Weather?