Sunday, 15 May 2011

Soggy says it all...

after a very soggy ride
This has been an absolutely soggy week and there doesn't seem to be any change in the foreseeable future. If it was a warm summer rain, okay, I could take that, but no, it is cold, yes it has been cold enough to have the fireplace on yesterday, oh and did I mention windy???

Unfortunately I'm too stubborn to sit back and tell myself it is okay to bail on training.  I just can't, the season is way to close and if I'm not ready for it,well let's just say I'm not ready to deal with injuries.

Monday was a recovery swim which I'm so grateful for. After pounding away running and cycling, being at the pool is a God send.

Tuesday was the first of the Beaver Chase series.  It is a really fun trail run through the Monk Environmental Park, however our regular route has been modified due to a controversial situation of clear cutting the forest and endangering various species of plants, animals, amphibians and trees all in the name of progress.  This is a really hot topic for me, so I won't continue on the subject.

Monk Environmental Park

Our run took us on two loops of the partial trail that is away from the heavy equipment used for clear cutting.  A few of us ran together and got a chance to catch up and chat, much to the race directors chagrin.  I'm sure that we were the last to cross the finish line and by the time we had returned from our little recovery run, the finish line and timers were already torn down, packed away and only the water station remained...okay, we promise the next time to actually race!!!

Wednesday, Thursday were cycling / running days.  Have I mentioned the wind?  Grrrrrrrrrr

Saturday's ride was soggy, soggy, SOGGY.  After riding 30k in the pounding rain I said enough.  I know that I have to HTFU on the bike but when it is raining so hard it hurts your face, I'd say that's a good time to stop. I quickly changed into some dry clothes and headed off to the pool for a coupled of km's of laps.

Today, I'm looking out the window guessed it, rain and wind.  Well, better go and get my running gear on...

HEY, at least it isn't snowing!!

Lily in the snow
Life's fun if you don't weaken,



Xenia said...

You're a badass, coach! Keep up the awesome work.

Lisa said...

i've had to battle my share of wind recently also. blah!

Anne said...

You're getting it done and you'll be ready!! :)

Tricia said...

greatj ob sticking to it!

Wes said...

so, did you catch them beavers? :-)

Grey Beard said...

We're having a hell of a time with the weather in this year's Amgen Tour of California, so I know just how frustrated you are. Allergies have kept me off the bike for 2 weeks, and now it's raining.

Perhaps a post dedicated to the issues surrounding Monk Environmental Park are in order. I, for one, would really like to know what's going on up there Lily.

Judi said...

you are getting in some good training, from the sound of it. ive had it with riding in the rain too. over-it.

Gotta Run..Gotta Ride said...

some days it is SO hard for me to get my butt to the pool but I do and it always seems to end up amazing!!!

Yes.... to NO SNOW!!!

Keep up the awesome training!

Groover said...

Ghee, girl, you're on fire! So tough riding in those conditions. I would have bailed. Love the photo of Lily in the snow. She's such a curious little thing! ;)

Jennifer said...

Hey Girl! Couldn't find your email address but wanted to put on your radar as I think you would be a good fit! :)

Anonymous said...

Lily my dear,

I miss your blogging. Facebook and life moves so fast that I fear I am missing out on your adventures.

I did see that you are easing back into your sport. I wish you much luck and happiness as you do.

i love ya, girlfriend!
~ b