To ride or not to ride? That is the question.

This week is doing me in. After finishing the century on Saturday, I thought I would recover a few days and then be ready to get back at it. Unfortunately, this week has not gone the way I expected.

I hit the ground running at work this week. It is been one of those weeks where the days end and you wonder where it went! To compound things, I was out on Tuesday with some sort of reverse fever business. My temperature was under 97 and I just wanted to sleep.

Every evening has had some activity that has kept me off the bicycle. Needing to continue work on the foundation has kept me up later than usual. Tonight and tomorrow night don’t look to be changing that trend.

It really has me wondering if I should do the Hincapie Gran Fondo on Saturday. I haven’t ridden in a week. I’m not feeling that strong. I need a break. On the other hand, opportunities like this don’t come along every day. It’s going to be a beautiful day.

On the other hand, this was to be my “last ride” of the year. Once the fondo was in the bag, I planned to focus on off season cross training and maybe do a little more core work. Then there is that matter of having just acquired some knobby tires.

The ride is also a great opportunity to ride with some characters from the pro cycling world. Of course, the chances of me actually riding with them are pretty slim. Riding in a crowd of hundreds of other cyclists following along behind the pros isn’t really riding with them. Frankly, the thought of getting in that big crowd of riders just isn’t that appealing.

I truly am torn. I want to do the ride, but I just don’t know if I am able.

If I didn’t ride, then Thing Two and I could take out our mountain bikes for our first real ride together. That would be great, but I do realize that there will be many opportunities to do that in the future. Riding in George’s “retirement party” ride is a once in a lifetime deal.

So, I’m asking you. What should I do?

Of course, I’ll let you know what I decide.