In sharp contrast to the previous 7+ weeks of winter, Northern California is now being drenched by rainstorms. It's rained at least once every day since I returned from Florida a week ago.
We did make it out in a break in the rain for obedience class and a short bike yesterday.
Stanley's heeling is coming along so nicely - he can sustain eye contact and move with me for quite a long period of time, as well as stick with me on the about-turns. His stays, however, require a lot more work. He is impatiant and wants his treats and is willing to come to me for them, whether I've called him or not.
Jenn and Melissa and I had a nice ride too - very different from riding with the guys. We're looking forward to pushing Melissa once she gets her road bike.
This morning I got out for an hourlong run in pouring rain and high winds. Despite adverse weather conditions, the run felt great! I got home soaking wet but with a big grin for my effort. I was disappointed though, when we arrived at Tomato Thyme for my long-awaited (or at least since Friday) brunch of chilaquiles and mimosas, only to discover they weren't doing brunch this weekend because of Valentines.
Speaking of which, we had a very nice Valentine's Day - lunch out with the dogs and then a quiet evening at home with a roaring fireplace. I cooked salmon (thanks to Kate for the recipe), Jeff fooled me again with his trick of a small gift in a big heavy box (tubs of spackle and water bottles added for weight), and the dogs let us sleep in until 8am.
Week 8 was a major rest week - large drop in volume. Two short swims, two short runs, and one bike.
Training totals for week 8 (February 9-15):
Swim: 3250 yards
Bike: 9.72 miles
Run: 11.2 miles
Strength: ~0.5 hours
Total time: 5 hours
But never fear, the coming week is a BIG training week (and *sob* a big work week) so I've been trying to rest up for it. I wonder if it's normal to feel more tired and sore during a rest week than the heavy training weeks? My goal is to take every workout seriously, nail my targets, and work hard - this is the time of year to put in the efforts that will pay off later!
It appears the rain will continue for the time being. I guess there is no hope of dry dogs anytime soon. With any luck though, we won't have a repeat of this Stanley gem from last winter.