Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Rain Drops Keep Falling on my Head

Monday it was back to business. I did my 2,000 meter swim after work and then came home and ran 6 miles. The run was actually quite nice. It was overcast, so it was only in the 80s and it wasn't too humid. I was actually hoping for some rain while I ran. But it didn't come until after I got home.

Tuesday is normally yoga day, but my yoga instructor is on vacation. So, I decided I would run instead. It was raining off and on and I wasn't in the mood to run in rain today, so I did my run on the treadmill. I got in 4 miles.

Since today is the 4th of July, I am off work. I slept in this morning. When I got up, I ate breakfast, read the paper and then checked the radar on the internet to see what the weather was going to do. I woke up in the middle of the night last night and could tell it was pouring down rain. But this morning it was just overcast. Do I ride or do I not ride? That was the question.

The forecast for today is spotted showers and thunderstorms all day. The radar seemed clear at the moment, but there was a big patch of thunderstorms to the south that looked like they might be heading our way. Hmmm. How long would I have? I decided to try.

I got on my bike gear, pumped up my tires and headed out. I didn't even get a mile away from the house and it started to rain. Not heavy at first. I could deal with that. And then it started coming down harder. I turned around. By the time I got back home, it was pouring and I was soaked. I got a whole 1.25 miles in. Wahoo. That's really going to be helpful when I have to do 56 miles on race day.

I probably should have kept riding. I know that on race day if it rains I'll have to ride in it so I might as well do training rides in it, right? But I just couldn't. Maybe if I had a training partner I would have kept going, but I don't. So I took the easy way out. I just didn't feel safe being on the bike with rain coming down and some of the crazy drivers around here. At least on race day, the course will be marked for the cyclists and there will be several hundred other cyclists out there with me.

The rain has got to end at some point. The half ironman is still 3 months away, so I'm not overly concerned yet, but I do need to get in some good long rides - SOON!

I have no idea what we'll do the rest of the day. Like I said, it is going to rain off and on all day. Some of the fireworks shows have even been cancelled. Sounds like a lazy day to me.

Happy 4th of July to you wherever you are!


patti said...

When I used to race bikes, the typical advice was- don't start a ride in the rain. There will be plenty of times when you will be 20 miles from home and get caught in it. And then, of course, you have to worry about the lightning too.

Hope the rain lets up so you can get some long rides in!!

Shauna said...

Sorry about all the rain lately. That makes training very tricky, I'm sure. Happy Fourth of July. Take care.

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