Chilly Hilly 2020
I was not looking forward to leave the house in the slightest on Sunday morning 2/23/2020 with nothing but more rain for the rest of the day in the forecast. Cold, rainy, and windy in Seattle was the perfect recipe for a lazy Sunday. I probably went over my internal checklist with different layers of clothing 10 different times before landing on a thinner configuration with the hopes of calling Seattle's bluff and banking on a dry and sunny afternoon. I regretted my decision until about mile 5 of the race. As soon as I arrived to Colman Dock for the Bainbridge ferry, I was surrounded by people equally dedicated (stupid?) as I was, and caught the energy of anticipation for the ride. I dropped off my bag (brand new "BlueSeventy Transition" bag) at the truck and headed on my way. The Chilly Hilly event is not a race by any means, it's more of what I'd consider a "ride". You can start and stop at your leisure with the only timing chip being your Garmin watch. Beatiful views of Puget Sound with Seattle in the backdrop made me want to stop and snap some photos, but I resisted. First half of the ride was a cluster - more energy spent trying to get around people that refuse to stay to the right. Couldn't bomb the hills like I wanted and had to climb hills slower due to lane traffic. I took a quick potty break at Battle Point park then hit the road again after refueling. From this point onward it was a looser feel and I could ride how I wanted to. My speed maxed out at around 41mph. The rain stopped thankfully but the wind was relentless on the exposed waterfront stretches. I think I'd rather battle strong headwinds than a torrential downpour. The finish line was kind of anticlimatic but I was happy to finish. Gear truck right at the finish line made for an easy pick up. Scarfed down a quick bowl of chili at the senior center then headed out to Winslow to meet up with friends for beers and pizza before getting on the ferry to head back home ot Seattle. Ended up being a beautiful day considering how it started.