So, by the time this posts, I will be at the starting line of the 5th of 5 century rides this year. Right now, its 10 PM, I have to be up 5, and I am sitting here working on the blog…. There was a time (not that long ago) that before a century ride (100 miles) I would not ride for a week, go to bed hella early, and worry about it…
I have done a LOT of these rides now, so I am not nearly as stressed before them as I used to be. This one will be fun. It’s the Ride around the Sound. It Starts in West Seattle, goes south to Tacoma, past a lighthouse, over the Narrows Bridge, and on to Port Orchard, then I take the ferry back!
I am thinking it isn’t going to be an overly hard ride. But even still, I shouldn’t be awake this late the night before it. But it isn’t my fault!
Another part of my extra curricular activities is being a member of Tostmasters. We gather weekely, give speeches to practice speaking in public, and critique each other. The critiques help us improve. Last month I signed up for the Humorous Speech and Table Topics (you get asked a surprise question and have to speak for 1 – 2 minutes on it) contests. I won Table Topics, and no one else competed in humorous, so I ‘won’ that too!
Tonight, when I wanted to come home, get the bike ready, and crash, was the next level, the Area contest. There were 4 different areas competing, but you only competed within your area. Meaning the top winner of each area will compete at the next level district.
I got there, and I was the ONLY one from my area. That meant I didn’t even have to try. I coulda hummed for 5 minutes on the speech and babbled for one on table topics and I woulda gone to the next level.
I considered it, as I was seriously tired. Hell I considered bagging the whole thing because they were seriously disorganized and running late. But I am a competitive SOB. So I went in, and gave both as if I was in a competition.
I ROCKED it. The humorous speech had them rolling in the aisles. I am not cocky enough to say I woulda beaten everyone tonight, but I would’ve been in the running. I swear I received more laughs and the loudest applause at the end.
What does all this mean? I now go on to compete with the 3 other winners from tonight sometime next month. I will let you know when!
I came home, had a sandwich, and the bike is ready to go! Sine 5 AM comes early, I am heading for bed! Wish me luck tomorrow! I hope to have a LOT of pictures to share!
- Oh Crap! I Won?? Now What? (mountainstroh.com)