Snow storm: 2. Jennifer: 0.
This morning I headed
out early to get a 3.5 hour ride in before work. I checked the weather
and with a 20% chance of rain and wind in the afternoon, I figured my
best chance of rolling on pavement was going to be with the early birds.
Sure I'd be fighting a little bit of the morning commute. But this is
Colorado Springs, after all and their traffic pales in comparison to
Seattle. A few clouds hugged Cheyenne Mountain but didn't seem like
anything to worry about.
I headed North, toward Black Forest and passed kids
waiting for their school bus. I love riding early. Getting a massive
workout done before 11am just starts the day off right. But this morning
I could feel something lurking over my shoulder. A couple glances
behind me revealed the same cloud patterns hugging the front range. I
completed both lactic threshold intervals and debated lengthening my
ride but then I realized what was lurking. Dark, omnious clouds that
were only over Cheyenne were now along the entire front range. The wind
was blowing something fierce and I had one option: RUN.
ended up adding another Super LT interval as I pedaled as fast and
furious south as I could. But the wall of clouds still hit, and instead
of bringing rain, they brought snow. But not the wet stuff you'd find in
Seattle. No, this is the light sugar stuff that dusted the roads. And
just when I was ready to pull over, call a cab and finish the remainder
of my workout on a trainer, the clouds blew overhead, heading East, and
the sun popped out, the pavement dried up and overhead clear blue sky.
I shook my head, amazed at what just
happened. I still had roughly two hours to complete, so I headed South
toward Cheyenne. About 40 minutes from the end of my ride, more dark
clouds started to build. I had two options: head home and call it a day
or HTFU and ride through another squall. I know one way to keep warm:
climb. So up the canyon I went. The wind pushed me hard, adding
resistance and time to my ride. And while thoughts of giving up when the
going got tough crossed my mind, I fought hard. And I came home, fired
up a hot shower and promptly fell back asleep.
days you have to ride through storms to accomplish your goals. And those
days, the ones where you struggle, face fears and prevail are the ones
that make the journey worth it.