I've been training since last November and felt ready to try a long two day ride. A final 74 mile tuneup last Saturday was a great confidence boost. I was even prepared to deal with rain and wind if needed.
I also understand the decision. There are more than 12,000 riders registered for the MS 150. The logistics of managing and caring for those riders is a huge task. I've been impressed by everything the MS 150 folks have done and if they've decided it's too dangerous to ride - I trust that it's too dangerous to ride.
Still, I'm disappointed and my disappointment is a great leadership reminder.
Almost every decision a leader makes disappoints someone - that simply comes with leadership territory. And sometimes the right decisions can disappoint everyone and still be the right decision. I suspect there are 12,000 disappointed riders this evening in Houston... but canceling day one is still the right decision.
Good leadership is not defined by making everyone happy. I love to point out that only twice in the Bible did a leaders ask the people which decision would make them happy. The first time resulted in a golden calf - the second time a crucifixion.
It's o.k. for leaders to disappoint people - in fact it's actually a sign of good leadership.