Saturday, 24 March, 2001

Rosedale Ride

Bicyclists are optimists.  Either that or we're just nuts.  This morning was the Rosedale Ride, an organized cycling event with distances ranging from 9 to 62 miles.  All proceeds benefit the Rosedale School, which supports and educates students with exceptional physical and mental handicaps.  Since I've not been training much lately, I choose to ride 45 miles rather than 62.  It turned out to be a good training ride in preparation for the 62 mile Ride for the Roses in 2 weeks.

I got up at 6:00 this morning, and it was raining.  Actually, it was pouring.  I turned on the local news station to check out the weather, and it didn't look too promising.  Since I'd told friends that I would be there, I figured I might as well go, but I fully expected to see a "canceled" or "postponed" sign at the race site.  Instead, there were almost 1,000 people already there!  It rained right up to the start of the ride, but nobody headed home.  It stopped raining at about 8:30, and we started the ride a few minutes later.  It turned out to be a very good ride.