Utah's weather has been unusually cold the last two weeks, even for January. The Velominati Rule #9 states that riding in cold weather makes you a bad ass. Well, running in at 5:30 a.m. in freezing temperatures either makes you a bad ass or a dumb one, I can't decide.
The cold weather and snow was methodically clearing my weekend schedule: daughter's soccer games were canceled, along with church meetings, indoor baseball practice, and even the city ski bus to Brighton (the last one especially ironic). Yet, I still got a text from the skirts to run on Saturday and to dress warm and wear "ski goggles." I had barely thawed out from a previous run where it hit a balmy seven degrees outside. Does it make me feel bad ass to dream of a gym pass during the 8.5 miles in ankle-deep snow? As you can imagine we weren't breaking time records during a winter storm, but we did do a few acts of service along the way, pulling cars out of the snow. Afterward, I felt like I ran in mashed potatoes for 20 miles. It's no wonder those spin classes are so crowded in the winter. I'm just hoping it warms up a little, because my psyche is ready to crack - along with my knee joint, hip flexor, finger tips and all other extremities.
I have an amendment for the Velominati Keepers: Rule #92 Peer pressure can be deadly...but when you're called out, you're called out. (This includes e-mails and texts / race entry confirmations are preferred)
Let me announce now, that I will not open any "lottery" messages regarding a snowshoe run. I know these races exist as I know the skirts love to include others on their adventures. I had a great adventure on the route I like to call the "Slush Run" this past weekend, but blizzard runs are off my bucket list. I actually ran in the St. George Marathon purely because the skirts entered my name with theirs in the lottery and we were all selected. Next thing I knew, I was registered and running shoulder to shoulder with strangers. Me -without a fuel belt at mile 20 thinking, "How did I get here?"