Wednesday, June 7, 2023
Massive Downpours are an awful way to Hydrate on your Workout but Wet Season Waits for Nobody.
It is the Wet Season here.
I feel like a drowned rat.
My Jeep looks like a drowned rat.
The bike is clean at least.
It was raining South of the airport. We never even got a "Duck and Cover" alert on the weather radio.
I am (usually) very good at predicting weather here. See the storm. Plot the vector it moves on. Add a little bit of "error" to the vector. Live your life.
I went to the park. It's an 8 mile drive. Long enough to be an annoyance but not too far really. I prefer to bike at Pompano Airpark simply because it's not exposed to traffic. I used to inline skate there but after breaking one, then the other clavicle, I won't go back for that.
Groom your damn trails and don't obstruct them.
I got there and looked up at a cloud deck rolling in. Heard thunder. Checked Radar again. Still not a problem. I thought we'd get "clipped" and I could avoid it by doing the park backwards.
I park at the southeast corner of a big square, so I thought go North, then West.
I stopped at halfway and realized my heart monitor was at half speed. Take the thing off, allow it to reset and sync itself with my heart. I'm feeling the wind pick up, then go into hyper speed.
When I saw Dorothy's house fly overhead I knew it was a problem.
Heart rate monitor synced, I got back on the bike.
Riding about the length of the house, about 50 feet, I hit the rain.
Or rather it hit me.
Grey out conditions. My speed was down due to weather and winds already, so having it drop into single digits (First MPH, then the other KPH) was not a surprise.
I used to ride a motorcycle. Once in my stupid-twenties I rode a motorcycle across Pennsylvania and Ohio to visit a friend in Ann Arbor Michigan. In the rain across Ohio to Toledo. When you ride at highway speeds, rain feels like someone is throwing gravel at you. It can be painful.
This was like that.
I think it was a "Microburst" storm because, even as big as I am, I nearly got knocked off the bike.
By the time I got to the turn at the last mile, my shoe was full of water. I don't mean wet, I mean as full as a coffee mug before the first sip.
The pickup truck flying through the rain had a mean streak in him. He sprayed so much water at me, that I was forced into a wobble and nearly fell on the way back.
Getting back to the Jeep, I mounted the bike on the back of the car and laughed at myself.
I'm used to getting caught in The Weather. Heat, sometimes a shower, sometimes conditions catch you and you end up having a bit of a "Challenge" getting where you want to go.
I took off my saturated cycle jersey and rang all that water out. Thrown onto the car mat on the passenger side, I started unloading the bike into the car. The bike bag that sits on the upper bar was completely dry inside, I was pleased at that. A clip fell off of the bike that held a cable in place. No worries there, I was waiting on a shipment of black zip ties to replace them anyway.
I texted my loved ones that I am coming home and started the car. There was a puddle inside the car that was draining into the carpets. It is Florida, I can just leave it in the sun and hope it dries.
Naw, it rained when I got home and off and on that whole afternoon. No sun today. I'll put the Jeep in the sun tomorrow morning.
I think it's that park. I have two sports that I do, and I am outside a lot. Inline Skating and Cycling. A Normal Workout is more than two hours for me. Just not today.
Today I came home and dried off.
So? How was your workout? Got your hydration levels right?