Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Double Double Lightning Trouble

Monday

I commuted to work by bike!  Go me!  I loved my ride down - yes down in the morning.  I loved looking at my bike propped up all day in my classroom but proof of my awesomeness of getting to work under my own power.  Then when work was over I ran 4 miles with some of my new running friends at school.  I got back from that, changed my clothes so I wasn't starting out wet and headed up the mountain to get home.  Changing may have been stupid as it was raining and I certainly did get wet. But it was a light rain and it wasn't cold. I didn't turn in at my road but continued past to make sure I got in at least 10 miles. Am I nuts to do this? Should I just go home and call it good enough?  Yeah it's not that far (slightly less than 8 miles round trip) but so much of it is uphill.  (And of course that means an equal amount is downhill.) I am feeling nicely tired tonight while thinking I might just get in another double tomorrow!

Tuesday

Today I got up and was running by 5:45.  Those of you who follow me know I am not a before work runner or in in the dark runner.  It should have been light but due to all the rain it wasn't. It wasn't raining too badly although I did hit every puddle due to the afore mentioned darkness.  On the way back I couldn't see because my glasses were so covered with rain drops. So maybe it was raining quite a bit.  I got home, hurried through my stretches and jumped on my bike to head to school. Yes, it was still raining but I had on rain pants and a rain coat. Now I love my rain pants but I can see why people pay the big bucks for Gore Tex because man do I sweat in these cheaper ones. So much that I am not dry which is the whole point.  I had one of those late meetings at school so it was rather late by the time I headed home. I am beat!  I don't know if it is my additional activity or just life.  I didn't plan to taper for my half this Sunday as it is just a race I am doing not an A race at all but I don't know how smart doing all these doubles are either.  I don't even know if they are a double when they are taking place at 3 different times!  I am nuts!

I want to get one more commute in this week but  but am having trouble figuring out which day.  I wanted to drive tomorrow and give myself a break but the weather prediction is worse for Thurs. It is not the rain which bothers me (every day this week is rainy) but Thursday looks the worst for thunderstorms.  I have missed them so far.  What would you do?  Play it safer with the weather on Wed. and ride the bike and fit in a run somehow or save the bike ride for Thursday. I am trying to do nothing on Friday or Saturday to give my body a rest before the half.

20 comments:

Jess said...

I always play it safe when it comes to thunderstorms. Rain won't kill ya, but lightning will.

Char said...

I'm really enjoying the book. I didn't know if i'd be able to relate but JP always writes so empathetically that you can.

Teamarcia said...

If say make hay while the sun shines. I love how hardcore of a rider you've become!

Kate said...

I'd go with the weather report.

Richelle said...

Wow! You are hardcore for enduring all those tough riding and running conditions. I personally would pick the fair weather day, but that's just me. :)

Amy said...

Ambitious workouts this week - wow! Must be the warmer weather revving you up - I'd say go with it if you feel like it and it feels good. We all have those cycles where we feel like doing more, I say take advantage of it! You are great for not being bothered by the rain, that really turns me off.

Fran said...

I would choose the day with the best weather forecast.

Are you nuts? I don't think so, you have to do what feels good for you. I admire you for being so active: running before work and then bike to work. Impressive!

Jennifer said...

Good for you! Most people melt in the rain, you seem to thrive on it! Cheers!

middleagedrunner said...

I love it how New England has gone from BLIZZARD to THUNDERSTORM. So typical! Nice job hitting the road in the rain- I just can't do it yet since it has been about 40 degrees. Give me some 60's and I'll join you!

misszippy said...

I'd choose rain over thunderstorms, just to be safe. It's great that you are bike commuting in some many ways!

Jill said...

I do NOT like thunder, too freaky! I've been on Pikes Peak in thunder, not pretty. Great job on the biking, though...and new running partners at school! :)

Laura said...

Hope it worked out today. I don't mess around when there is lighting in the forecast....

Darlene said...

Ambitious!!! Thuderstorms are scary. Same weahter here. Rain predicted for part of every day.

Marlene said...

Well done on the rides + runs! I wish I could bike or run to work regularly - it's too far!

I hope the weather plays nice!

Liz said...

Very impressive cycling and running this week! You are doing so well, but I would agree with everyone else and avoid the thunderstorms...

lindsay said...

i am impressed! i keep meaning to bike-mute but haven't yet... and obviously our weather is a tad bit warmer than yours. i'm slack.

bike as much as you can! i lucked out in the past with the storms holding off during the time i needed to ride home from work. you could always catch a ride home from a co-worker couldn't you?

Happy Feet 26.2 said...

I would always go with the better of the weather days. Good luck with the race this weekend. I'm doing the same, I will take it easy (walk or bike) today, and Fri before my half on Sat.

Super workouts this week!

Molly said...

I'm a scaredy cat about thunder and lighting, hope you got it figured out!

Dash said...

Definitely rain okay, no thunderstorms!

Be careful! :) Great week, glad you are finally getting a break in the weather!

Kate said...

Oh, my gosh...that snake thing would freak me out!!