|A view of the wet conditions|
This weekend was especially bad as the weather was cool, windy, and becoming increasingly wet. This is a trifecta of conditions that made me second guess getting onto the bike when I woke up Saturday. While I knew that I really needed to rest my knee, putting in another sub-100 mile week this close to the Assault on Mount Mitchell was going to be a sore spot for me. With that in mind, what I really don't want to do is injure myself just getting in a workout because of a need to meet a mile quota for the week. This became even more pronounced with the news of the death of a participant in the 3 states, 3 mountain cycling event.
My heart aches for the family of this cyclist, and what they have to deal with. I would hate for my wife to have to even contemplate this situation, but it's a risk that I take every time that I get onto the bike. Whether it's because I'm sharing the road with cars, or just the sake of being on the bike, there is a risk involved. I have personally clocked speeds over 40mph on a ~20 lb device. At those speeds, one mistake can be disastrous. While I fully understand those risks, and I don't want to live in fear, I have to make the best decisions possible each and every time I click in and head out onto the road.
All it took was a wet day in Tennessee to change the lives of a family forever.