Today has been one of my favorite days. We have had torrential downpours, driving wind, hail, thunder, and lightning on and off for 12 hours with no end in sight. Here in the mountains, the thunder is so loud that it shakes the ground and hail is piled up around the house and in the streets.
This may sound like the perfect lazy day, hunkered at home with my family, but Colorado has been in a state of emergency with massive flooding and rock and mud slides across the state, especially in Boulder.
Last Saturday’s ride was cut short by the same wild weather conditions after 21 miles and a brief stop by the County Sheriff for riding side-by-side. This is legal, of course, unless there you are impeding a car in your lane. This can be a problem if you don’t hear the officer silently pull up behind you (entrapment). It was obviously a slow day for our beloved police force! After 37 miles, yesterday’s ride was detoured again by road closures as the City tried to clean up some of the potholes, mud and debris.
This poses another less important problem. In six days, Durango will host the “Durango Fall Blaze” cycling event to benefit the Fort Lewis College Cycling Team. FLC is home to some of the world’s top cyclists and the ride is really fun with music at the aid stations and great food!
Today’s huge storm will, no doubt, make these conditions much worse and I’m hoping that we can actually get to ride the 100-mile century next week. As I’ve said before, it’s the actual training with friends that fulfills me and I won’t be disappointed no matter what the course brings.