With a tough century coming up next weekend I opted to go up to the NC mountains and get in some climbing today. It was surprisingly cooler than I was expecting but once I got into the climbing portions it was perfect conditions.
The weather was great until ol' Grandfather Mountain saw me pedaling near it's base along the Parkway and caused a huge, huge downpour. I wound up riding for at least an hour in cold, cold rain that was coming down so hard there was an inch or two of water on the roads. I was asking myself-so this is how I chose to spend my birthday????
There were a couple of descents where I'd normally hit 40 mph where I was braking trying to avoid hydroplaning and going down. Just typical of how fickle the weather can be up that way.
Anyway I got in about 70 miles with about 6500 feet of climbing. Now I just have to drop a couple more pounds so NO birthday cake or pie until after the ride next weekend!! That's my excuse for keeping my birthday spread out for a week!!!