We race, rain or shine, Saturday.
HUNKR #1 of the 3 race 2018 Series is this Saturday, March 17, 2018 and there’s periods of showers predicted, on Weather.com it says 1/4″ in the 24 hours (and we all know how reliable Fritz the Weather Man is).
My 8 year old daughter looked out at the soccer field in Aliso Viejo, Saturday, and asked “they play soccer in the rain?”. I was driving at 70mph, had the windshield wipers on “manual” so I could clear the mist every 30 seconds. I laughed, “yes, they’ll play in the rain…but we don’t even know what rain is. Rain is when you get wet outside.” None of us bothered to bring a jacket when we left the house, and the weather hadn’t changed. In SoCal, it doesn’t rain; it spits.
So I thought I’d check out what a 1/4 of rain looks like in volume. 1/4″ over a 24 hour period time is just like it sounds, if no run off, no evaporation, no absorption in 24 hours a 1/4″ puddle would engulf the earth. Now the reality this past weekend predicted rain Sunday and i was out back cleaning up the backyard on a bluebird Sunday.
So we know it my not be reliable, but what if Weather.com is right?
March in SoCal can deliver a drizzle or a 90 degree fahrenheit sizzler. I’ll level with you, my best memories include rain. Soccer, bikes, puddles and a cool refreshing mist on a long bike ride. Meteorologists are scientific poker players…
But if those poker players are right, here’s what I know:
In 2011 Charity and I rode the Levi’s Gran Fondo, in Santa Rosa, it was a wet and cold day. And there were periods of sunshine. And it was epic! We still laugh and talk about it to this day. Now of course I’d like to go ride it when I could see the view coming down toward the ocean, rather than being hemmed in fog and drizzle, but we enjoyed the adventure, and made a sweet Husband Wife memory that has tons of awesome, mixed in with a little cold.
In 2015 I raced the Whiskey 50 in Snow and Rain, where many of my co-riders pulled out at the threat of snow that day…and it did snow, and it did rain…and not just a little…it was COLD; and it was an Adventure. I had a blast, and suffered, but it makes my “Best Memories on a Bike List”. I’ll remember that day in the saddle as a fun, challenging, adventure for the rest of my life; my wife was there to hug me at the end and we were all smiles.
So whether you’re already registered and wondering, or considering racing, but not sure if it will be a great day on the bike…
here’s the facts.
Don’t forget we have the most fun road race course to watch, that your friends and family have been to. You’ll race by the Expo Area 6 times in 3-4 hours.
While they are waiting each lap the kids can enjoy:
(While Mom and Dad can sip a tasty Docent Brewing beer)
We look forward to seeing you, whether we’re in tank tops or sweatshirts and flip flops.
Ready for amazing memories?