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Needs more cowbell!
The craziest bit...our house 25 minutes north had not a spot of rain fallen or wind damage (trees had collapsed all over the place inland from where we were). It looked like close to a full inch fell where we were riding from.
30 minutes later we were loading up on a boat to go out on Lake MI and swim. By then it was breezy with blue skies and fluffy clouds and all sign of storm off to the east.
Kirsten - aka "Auntie Kirsten"
• 2 olympic distance duathlons -- 6 days apart -- PR at least 1
• 130#s (and stay there, gotdammit!)
Well at least someone here is making relevance to the subject.
Wow! Our storms in Nebraska are different.
You get more tornadoes, right? We tend to get nasty straight-line storms...similar wind speeds to tornadoes, but without the spinning. And they can be so isolated and pass through rapidly, with blue skies behind. That video shows the southern edge of that storm. The northern edge was maybe 15-20 miles away. Where we were biking was right in the middle. We figured we would come home to a soaked yard and were shocked to see everything here totally dry.
I love these kind of rides. Having commuted thousands of miles over the years I've raced many afternoon thunderstorm home. Usually I win. Sometimes I don't and sometimes it's all my imagination. Still, it makes for a great hammer session.
I had one very memorable 6 mile run a few years back, too. I was 4 miles into it when a storm came up out of nowhere. I really booked those last 2 miles and had a blast doing it. A woman with a new car was nice and stopped to ask me if I needed a ride. I laughed and told her I was only a mile from home. I wouldn't have wanted to put my soaked, sweaty bod on her new car seats, anyhow. That would destroy that heavenly new car smell really fast!
No worries about the new car smell in our zoom-zoom Mazda. It's long gone. I can't even remember it.
Ha, yeah...my car is 4.5 and is frequently hauling on sweaty people (adults and kid) and grimy bikes. It hasn't had new car smell in at least 3 years.
You get more tornadoes, right?
You get more tornadoes, right?
Sure, there are a zillion storm chaser videos out there.
MTA: Bicycle storm chasing may not be such a good idea in these situations.
We weren't exactly chasing it...trying to outrun it and get back to our safe starting point.
TRIing to beat the heat!
I have a similar story involving swimming. I was scheduled for a 1000m time-trial in order to establish my T-Pace in the pool. When I arrived, the clouds were a very ominous shade of grey. In summer, in FL, this means trouble is ahead and the deadly lightning isn't far behind.
I got in that pool and swam my ASS off b/c my entire week had been planned around this damn pool time trial. On that day, I swam the fastest splits in the pool that I have ever swam in my adult life... and have not been able to reproduce them since! Ha! I was never able to complete my cool down-- the lifeguards plucked us all from the pool with the first lightning strike.
Sub-1:42 for half marathon √ (1:41 at Disney, Jan '12)
Sub-22 for 5k √ (21:51 in Sept '12)
BQ for marathon- FAIL
P.S. We did make it back before the storm hit us. Thankfully.
'No matter how slow you go, you're still lapping everyone on the couch'
"Running is a big question mark that's there each and every day. It asks you, 'Are you going to be a wimp or are you going to be strong today?'" - Peter Maher
"Running long and hard is an ideal antidepressant, since it's hard to run and feel sorry for yourself at the same time. Also, there are those hours of clearheadedness that follow a long run." -Monte Davis
My sister asks me, "I'm on a bike with rubber tires, that means I can't get struck, right?" I wasn't sure but said yes to reassure her.
Considering lightning travels through a mile of open air, an inch of rubber wouldn't do a person much good. It may help with carpet static, though.