The Rapha Women’s 100km
“The Rapha Women’s 100 is not a competition to see who is the fastest, it is about gathering a global community of women around the world to take part in this shared adventure.”
There was a wonderful organized ride in Amherst, MA held today. I was invited to go by my friend Gail, and it was a great opportunity to ride with group of local women. A BBQ was planned afterwards, and the entire ride was preplanned, and supported with SAG vehicles and water stops by the husbands of several women riding (not that I’m an expert on husbands but seriously, these men are dolls for doing this).
I couldn’t go. I couldn’t get 5 or 6 hours or childcare for my extremely energetic 8-year-old son. I guessed approximately 4 hours riding with stops, plus the necessary set up/break down and talking before and after. That comes out to about 6 hours by my social calculator.
Bummed as I am for not being able to participate I did sneak out for an hour (and hour is a lot easier to get a friend to watch the offspring than 6 hours). My riding time has gone way down between the new job and the rain and now the extreme heat. I’m getting a bit cagey, and 60 miles (or 100km) today would have been great, even in these crazy temperatures of 90 degrees with dew points of 70+. I do regret not being able to connect with some new local women. It’s so hard to find women to ride with, and I know if I did, my riding would improve. I have a few friends and contacts to call for a ride, but honestly, I am now squeezing in every minute of effort into miles….I have no extra time and every time I get on my bike, it’s squeezed between one commitment or another.
I’m back to my old mantra of “Something is better than nothing.” But at least it’s something.