Friday, May 23, 2008

I know this is Oregon, but seriously...

I am S I C K of this weather. It was supposed to have been sunny for most of today according the the weather report as late as last night. I wake up this morning to a forecast that calls for rain all day. What use is a weather report if this is how reliable they are. This is not the first time either. It is often the case the weather report is wrong here. I don't care what the excuses are, it sucks when the days activities get messed up because of the weather.

I guess one could say that I should put on my big boy pants and ride anyway, but that is not me. I am only going to ride in miserable weather one time of year and that is during cyclocross season. This is not cyclocross season. I am not going to ride for 4 hours in the rain just to train. So I decided to go for a run instead. I lollygagged around today so that all I had time to do was a 2 hour run instead of a 2.5 hour run. To make up for this I ran harder than my 2 hour run last week. I did this partially because I didn't bring my iPod with me for fear that it would get rained on. If I am running at a faster pace I don't seem to get as bored for some reason.

I ran a little over 10 miles in 2 hours. You might think that this 5 mph pace is kind of slow but when the elevation change of the route is taken into account I don't think it is too bad when you consider that there was over 1000 feet of climbing involved. Yeah, not fast but good enough.

By the way, I will never eat Panda Express prior to running again. I burped up some stuff about 10 times during the run. Nasty.

Despite my faster pace today I am sticking to my forecast of a 5 mph pace during the Vikingman. I will be happy with that after all that swimming and biking.


Kristin said...

I just spent the last hour listening to the thunder. Very bizarre.

I used to do the same thing with running in the rain, never minded it much. Now that I don't run anymore, I have no choice, biking it is. Except the...gulp...trainer. I don't touch that thing on the weekends, just as a general rule of thumb.

Mr. Flynn said...

No running? So no triathlons anymore either?

I will ride in the rain, but my limit is 60 to 90 minutes. By then I am sick of being wet. And if I am riding at a decent pace, anything sufficiently waterproof will have caused me to sweat enough that I am more wet on the inside than if I had just let the rain fall. But then I hate the trainer more than is a no win sort of deal