So I had a 1 hour ride today and a 3500 yard swim.
Got up and saw the ominous clouds overhead. Had a ton of errands to run. Thought, "No problem. I'll do the errand-running first and do the rest in the afternoon."
Ran the errands. Came home. Still ominous dark clouds overhead.
Arg. Getting annoyed.
Realized that I would not be swimming outside today. The clouds and thunder seemed to roll in every hour on the hour.
OK. Here's what I'll do. I will do my hour ride on the (GULP) trainer. That will certainly be as much fun as watching paint dry, but at least I'll get it in. Then, I will go to the Y that's farther away from me, since they have an hour long lap swim from 8:30pm-9:30 and the Y close to me is only 9:00-9:45.
My plan was perfect.
Except it was still lightening.
AND YMCA POOLS ARE NOT GROUNDED, SO YOU HAVE TO GET OUT OF THE POOL FOR LIGHTENING!
I mean, seriously. WHAT is the POINT of having an indoor pool if you have to get out when it is lightening? ARrrrrrrrrrrrrggggggggggggggggggggksdjlriwaoepurtwaie
So Y #1 which was farther away wouldn't be available until, at the earliest, 9:00pm and THAT was if no more lightening occured.
So I decided to just head to Y#2, which was closer to home anyway, and get in a good 45 minutes there. It won't be 3500, but it will be OK.
And then, of course, just as I arrived, FLASH! Lightening. Again.
Pool is closed until 9:20.
So now I'm looking at, at BEST, a 25 minute swim when I really needed at least an hour.
I actually found myself thinking, "Just let me in the freaking pool! If I die, it will be all my fault and I'll be dead so I can't sue you! I really need to get this 3500 in because I have 4000 tomorrow....it's too close for me to be missing workouts...come on, just let me risk dying, OK?"
This is a rather stupid train of thought.
So, what did I do?
Turned around. Headed home. Walked in to see a very surprised Matt, who didn't expect me home until 10. Called my coach and she told me not to worry--that I'm fine, and that in the grand scheme of things this wouldn't matter, and NO, I should NOT double up on swims tomorrow. All of these things I pretty much knew anyway, but it felt better to hear her say them.
And then I cracked open two nice, cold Hoegarden beers, got two frosty mugs, and sat on the porch with Matt to watch the lightening come in off the lake.
You know, sometimes you just gotta chill out.
If you can't beat Mother Nature, you might as well enjoy her.