Thankfully the overhyped wave-after-wave-after-wave of storms did not arrive until I was done with the agility trial over the weekend (it would have made the 100-mile drive back and forth from the trial site extra-miserable). But finally, several days behind schedule, the rain began early Monday. Many people are not happy that we’ve had 3 straight days of heavy rain, but I love this sort of weather. Our too-low reservoirs need the resupply and our hills and forests need a good drenching to lower the danger once fire season hits. And I’d rather get it all in one big burst than experience the dark winter of 2005-2006 again, where it rained nonstop from November to May.
The view from my home office looked like this today. And yesterday. And Monday.
It’s hard work drying off and warming up after you get drenched.
The main room in our house has a vaulted ceiling and is made up of large beams of wood. Occasionally in strong windy storms, the flashing near the skylights leaks small drips of water into the house, so we’ve got towels scattered about to catch the puddles. Around the time Max turned 4 years old, he decided quite suddenly that all the fancy dogbeds I’d bought him had a purpose and he began to sleep on them, as well as rugs, the bathmat, etc. So today’s drip towels = Max’s bed for the day.
The only real casualty of the storm thus far has been a portion of our lemon tree. In this case, it’s good to have friends who come by and take your lemons home with them.
For the most part, the weather has not impeded training. Jenn wrote about our swim in the rain on Monday. My bike rides have been all intervals holding various wattages, which is best suited for the trainer anyway. Sadly, today the streak broke and I missed masters due to the pool being closed – when I arrived to swim, the wind was blowing at 40+mph with pouring rain and I’m pretty sure through the gate I saw whitecaps on the pool. Three days of rainwater has led to murky and possibly unclean water; hopefully they’ll get it all fixed up soon.
Without the swim, I still had to get in a short ride, made harder by tired legs from yesterday’s bike/run brick. Thank you, Rocky IV (25 years since that one came out and WOW I never realized how bad it was when I was little) for keeping me pushing through the workout. My brother posted this Youtube video the other day on FB and I HAD to Netlfix Rocky IV after that. Besides just having a good soundtrack and motivating training scenes, it’s a bit amusing to watch and realize how sometimes we get a bit caught up in the numbers, our gadgets, and the high tech part of training (who, me?) and that getting back to basics isn’t a bad thing. :-)
*splish*splash* That’s all that’s going on around here. My masters are summoning me to walk them. Better go find the galoshes.