As you all know, I was scheduled to race on Sat May 1, 2010. Friday night, I prepared by bike ad bag and had the car loaded and gassed up. I had my alarm set for 4:30 AM and I was ready to race.
I woke at 4:25 AM, not to he sound of my alarm clock, but to the sound of the tornado sirens blaring. So I head downstairs to check the weatherman and see what's going on. Storms were heading our way, and when I say storms, I need a boat load of storms, it turned into an all day affair. The sirens went off a total of 21 times in the Memphis area on Sat. We lost power to our house at 5:40 AM, and it was not restored until 3:00 PM that day.
At one point, I thought I could still make it to the race if I left around 6 AM, but after the power went out, it made no sense for me to leave the wife and kids alone without power and more storms heading our way.
I was really bummed that I did not get to race. A friend of mine was sponsoring the race and I really wanted to support his shop, but there are some things more important than racing. I will definitely sign up to do this race next year, and hopefully weather will not be an issue.
I ended up doing a trainer ride while watching NASCAR until they interrupted the race to report on, you guessed it, more tornado activity. It was a bad day, but thankfully, we lost nothing but electricity for a few hours. Many people were flooded out of their homes and lost a lot of things. I did not hear if any deaths or injuries due to the weather, I am just thankful we were spared from the bad weather. PLease keep those less fortunte in your thoughts.