Monday, August 15, 2011

on having a wet butt

So, my training schedule has been flipped around.  Instead of doing my very long ride/run on Saturday and my long run on Sunday, I'm doing the reverse.  Which means that I was home, showered, foam rolled and second breakfast'd by 9:00am on Saturday morning.  Weird!  Saturday morning was quite nice for a run, and I found it actually fairly easy to stay in Z2 for the duration of the run, despite all the "I had to run so slowly I was going backwards" horror stories I've heard about starting HR training. 


Later in the afternoon, I got an email from my coach suggesting that I bag the Skyline Drive ride I had been planning due to a really bad weather forecast.  Weather?  Rain?  Wha?  After we talked, it was decided that I'd either do the familiar 60-mile route from my house (if weather is really bad) or go down to Quantico and ride.  I'd heard about other cyclists riding down there but had never done it myself.  When I woke up Sunday morning, it was pouring.  I checked out the hourly weather forecast and it looked like it was going to pour all day, except for a small window around 8am.  So Beth and I packed up our stuff and headed down.  We were about halfway down when it went from "drizzly" to "hardcore pouring."  Enter: a bad case of the grumblies.
This is the last time I would be smiling for at least 4 hours.
By the time we parked and unpacked, it was only lightly drizzling again but the roads were so wet that we were soaked about 5 minutes into the ride.  I'm pretty cranky on a normal day, but add in a still-healing saddle sore and a soaked chamois and it skyrockets.  The course was a bit boring, but we managed 1:45 at a decent pace and then stopped at the car for nutrition.  As we pulled away from the car, it's started to lightly rain.


We rolled down the road about a mile to the fire station to search for hot firemen fill up our water bottles. It was still raining as we headed out, but about 2 miles into the loop, the sky cracked open.  It's been a long time since I've ridden in a downpour like that, but it was awful.  The rain hurt against my skin and I could only manage to go about 14mph since I was worried about skidding out in a puddle, on loose gravel, or just on a slick road.  When we passed by the car again about 7 miles later, I was done.  I couldn't stand to be soaked and miserable for one more second.  I wiped off my bike, packed the car, changed into my running clothes and headed out.  It rained just long enough to completely soak my running clothes and then trailed off.  By the time I got back to the car, the sun was out and the roads were steaming.  


We changed our clothes (that's at least three instances of public nudity, in case you're keeping track) and headed home.  I took a long nap and woke up to....bright and blue sunny skies.  RUDE.  


How was your weekend?  Did you plan around the weather only to end up soaked and crabby anyway like me?

22 comments:

  1. Caution: cranky when wet.

    I think that pretty much says it all :)

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  2. Fire stations should really have a "cranky athlete station,"as every runner/cyclist I know has a "the day I barged into the fire station soaking wet" story. We must be the new "my cat's stuck in a tree" to them. Also: Amazing job getting through conditions that would have scared the bejesus outta me!

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  3. That sounds like a rough ride.
    I managed to get my 12 mile run in on Saturday morning just before the sky opened up and it poured! Success for me!

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  4. I ran my first 8 miles in the rain Sunday...loved it, but my route passes by my house to go the last few miles so I stopped, put on dry socks and finished the last 3 on the TM watching a muscle car auction, of all things. Then ate cheese grits. Happy all the way 'round, pretty much.

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  5. Ha! It wouldn't be good blog fodder if it wasn't epic. :)
    We went up to PA, spent $100 on a crap hotel with dubious towels instead of camping. But we were happy about that when the crazy hard thunderstorms happened in the middle of the night. We'd have drowned.
    Sunday was lovely, and only started an almost imperceptible drizzle 3 miles from the end. Then it stopped and we drank a couple of beers and split a burger sitting outside in the lovely sunshine. WIN!

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  6. Great job getting out there in that weather. It sucked out there so much on sunday! The whole time I was racing it was raining..hard! except for the bike. And by the time I finally got back to DC is was sunny. WTF!

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  7. At least there wasn't a tornado. We watched this crazy thing on NatGeo last night with tornado footage. Makes me sooooo happy we live on the east coast.

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  8. Sounds like somebody needs to go to Camp Quitchabitchin!

    Way to tough it out in those conditions. Saddle sores suck!

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  9. Cranky when wet. Uh that is probably why I'm the most grumpy person at swim practice bahaha. Nice work!

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  10. OMG that sounds like torture... running in the rain is one thing, riding in the rain? no thanks. Nice job!

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  11. I definitely rearranged my weekend to avoid the rain. Squeezed in an afternoon long run on Saturday and swam at the pool (inside!) instead of an open water race. Of course I also skipped the race to save $75 but the weather was a small factor in that decision!

    I'm glad you survived riding in the rain. I would have been too nervous, but then again I'm a wimp when it comes to riding.

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  12. no rain here, but the pool was cold this morning. that's all i got.

    (i wouldn't have even attempted a ride during the rain but you know how i am a pansy ass on the bike.)

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  13. You're hardcore. I wasn't going to bike ride but then around 5 yesterday it was clear and beautiful so I headed out for a short one.

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  14. Wow, way to ride out there in the rain!

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  15. Wow, you are some kind of hardcore biker! I'd have given up way before you did.

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  16. Heh - I planned my weekend around the weather, only to get disappointed when it DIDNT rain. I was counting on that.

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  17. You are hard core to do all that. I have had better workouts than I had this weekend. I would have liked a hot fireman to come give me a ride on his fire truck so I could have stopped riding.

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  18. Yea. That storm was here in NC all day saturday, so of course I did a century ride. I mean what else is there to do?

    It was quite rude indeed.

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  19. I've been doing the run on Sat and brick on Sun lately and kind of enjoy it as well.

    My only problem is that by the time my wife gets home and I head out to ride it is 12p and the sun is blistering and just awful but I do get the opportunity to truly practice hydration/nutrition.

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  20. Only 3 instances of public nudity in one day? I think you can do better...
    Way to bust out so much of your workout in less than desireable condtions. It's no fun, but when you're done, you feel (and ARE) hardcore! Way to go girlie!

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  21. wooooow very impressive. i would probably have headed for the treadmill. way to push through and rock it!

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  22. Nice, way to push through the crap weather. I didn't think it was supposed to rain on Saturday so of course that's the day I chose to ride. Went and did the Poolesville ride and got soaked halfway through. The kicker - it didn't rain at home or where I left the car. Just where I rode my bike. Awesome.

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