This weekend in Georgia the weather proved miserable, as we were deluged with almost nonstop rain and thunder storms. Of course, this did little to deter my training plans, as I managed to get my long 3 mile run completed on Saturday and a short 12 mile bike ride on Sunday. Of course, both of these involved slogging it out in the rain.
On Saturday it looked bleak but not too bad rain wise. I could barely see a light drizzle so I figured I would get my three mile run completed. On my previous Wednesday run I had achieved close to a thirteen minute per mile pace and finished two miles in under thirty minutes (read about it here), a personal best! I was stoked to get out and run on a slightly inclined flat path and to run a 5k training distance again. As I headed out I noticed the drizzle was more of a light rain, as the tree cover had hidden the true downfall. Still determined I continued on with my run. After five minutes of running the rain was really coming down. Additionally, I was running on a sidewalk of a busy road and ended up getting misted from the cars as well. By the time I returned home I was soaked and chilled to the bone.
Looking over the data, my GPS did not kick in for the first two minutes so my first and second splits were roughly 11 minute per minute mile pace. I ended up running over a 5k distance in 40 minutes and finished the 5k distance in 38 minutes. While it was wet and rainy I still pulled out another personal best and I held it for two miles.
On Sunday I wanted to get some miles in, but the weather did not support my effort. I figured I could use some rain riding experience, but if I heard thunder I would abandon my ride. For a short few minutes the sun came out and the air only hinted at rain. But within fifteen minutes of my ride the rain had started to come down. I learned pretty quickly that when you are moving on a bike, rain stings when it hits the skin. I rode on to finish 12 miles but in the end it started thundering out and the sky grew eerily dark, so I figured I would not play stupid and wrap up the training early for the day. Overall it still was not a bad hour of riding. I am actually enjoying the climbs more and the challenge they bring, not sure what I think about riding in the rain though.
So an overall wet weekend with some big achievements in my running performance. Every time I ride I feel like I grow stronger and more experienced with each pedal stroke. There are still occasions where I feel like my quads will burst, but on these moments I reach down and push just a bit harder, as the only other option is to stop and walk the hill, and I did not get on my bike to walk it around like a date at the prom. Even with inclement weather I was still able to pull out a weekend of solid workouts. Til next time.
- How Far Should I Commit… Experienced Riders Please Help (chatterdoesfitness.wordpress.com)
- A New 2 Mile Run PR (chatterdoesfitness.wordpress.com)
- Rainy Day Running Tips (foodandfunontherun.com)