Did it rain here… or something?

I know I haven’t posted in a while, but I’ve decided I don’t like you guys anymore. Not true — I’m just on another hiatus from bike racing (still training though) until after the Go St. Louis half marathon in 2 weeks. I also just got back from spring break – a week in California. My, my — it seems you’ve had a bit of rain here while I was gone. And what do I come back to? More phuquin winter — geez!

Skiing was great at Tahoe, and spring has definitely sprung in San Francisco, so I figured the worst would be over by now in Missouri and was looking forward to getting back on the bike in warm(er), dry(er) weather for a change. I got home at 10pm last night and checked the weather – forecast was for a high of 43F with pm rain. Okay, maybe not so warm but dry — at least in the morning. I got up at for my 6:30am run (4:30am California time!), and as soon as I left the house it started snowing – huh? Okay, not so warm and maybe not so dry either, but dammit I’m gonna ride after the run anyway. I’m in week 12 of my 14-week half-marathon training, so today was my longest scheduled run – 12 miles. I felt great! The snow was coming down hard but not sticking, so I remained committed to my brick. In the last half-mile of the run, I turned into the wind and looked up the gentle climb for the finish, only to realize I wouldn’t be able to see it until I was right upon it. I put my head down to bull through, and started noticing how the snow, which at the time was more like little ice pellets, was bouncing off of me as I ran — it looked like I was plowing through it the way the wind was driving it against me and then bouncing off as I ran. I sort of meditated on the sight of that to the end of the run (1:49:15 on a hilly course at a comfortable pace), then looked at the streets. Visibility was down to 13 inches, and slush was beginning to collect on the roads. I finally allowed my second thoughts about riding afterwards to surface — riding on those roads, with that visibility, among drivers who the last thing they are expecting to encounter on the road is a cyclist — just didn’t seem very smart. I hung out at St. Louis Bread Co. to see if conditions improved, but everytime it seemed like it was over it would start up again. Eventually, I accepted fate — an outdoor ride was not gonna happen. Did I need to ride? No, I’d just had a fantastic week of skiing, hiking, and running, mostly at +6,000 ft elevation. My blood feels so pumped full of oxygen I wish the race were tomorrow. Did I want to ride? Damn straight – it’s been about 5 months since I’ve worn summer kit on a dry, sunny day.

Oh well, maybe tomorrow’s weather will be unsucky enough that I can get out for an hour or so. If not, I guess I can always just RUN!

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About Ted C. MacRae

Ted C. MacRae is a research entomologist by vocation and beetle taxonomist by avocation. Areas of expertise in the latter include worldwide jewel beetles (Buprestidae) and North American longhorned beetles (Cerambycidae). More recent work has focused on North American tiger beetles (Cicindelidae) and their distribution, ecology, and conservation.
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