RAIN 2019 was a perseverance ride. I'm so glad I did it. I'm also glad we started an hour early to get more of the ride in while it was cooler. As the sun climbed, every breath I took was so hot! As we neared lunch, I was hot and thirsty. I wasn't sure if I was going to ride on, with my longest ride this year (prior to RAIN) being only 80 miles; I wasn't feeling great.
Some wonderful people along the route were handing out cold water bottles...such a lifesaver as I was completely out of water by mile 90. Those generous neighbors made a difference. After some food and rest - thanks Anders and Stephanie hosting!! - I decided to push on and complete the ride. It helped that most of us decided to keep going and take it one SAG stop at a time.
After lunch, we started doing SAG stops about every 8-10 miles. The SAG stops and wonderful support made a HUGE difference while finishing this ride - shout out to Sharon, Jimmy, Pete, Henry, Wendy, Carol, and many more!! We couldn't have made it without their support...with cold water and gatorade, iced t-shirts, and even ice in our helmets, we finished strong!!
The Cure Chaser team support was amazing..we encouraged and checked on each other, changed each other's tires, and were just there for each other overall.
Finishing together was AWESOME, for the first time in my 3 years we had started RAIN together and finished together! It was such an AMAZING feeling!!... and oh by the way... I have never been so grateful for a cold shower!! ;)