So I guess rainy season has decided to come to California a little early this year, boo. Not that it’s a bad thing seeing as half the state tends to burst into flame on a regular basis, but it doesn’t mean I have to like it. I was a little apprehensive that I would be the only person who would show up and swim at lunch today. I was totally surprised that upwards of 11 of us decided to go swim in the wind and rain.

Waiting on deck for the pool to officially open wasn’t too much fun. A few of us stood under a small awning that blocked the rain kind of, unless the wind blew at us at which point it would shoot large globs of cold water at us that had pooled on top of the awning! Once the lifeguard reluctantly took his position up in his chair I ran for a lane and hopped in the water. Being in the pool dramatically reduces the inconvenience of it raining outside.

Once we got to swimming the weather wasn’t too big of a deal. The wind got going really strong at points and there were little baby whitecaps in the part of the pool that are lane line-less. We had a set that was mainly backstroke and I turned repeats 2 and 3 into fly. I have a big fly race (I’m taking a crack at the 200m fly for the first time!) this weekend and I wanted to be ready for it. I’m still highly concerned about the distance, but cautiously optimistic that I will actually finish.

Here’s today’s workout:

400 choice
200 kick

4 x 100 free IM descending on :15 rest

Repeat x 4
100 IM Kick
100 back pull (I did round 2 and 3 fly swim instead)
4 x 25 back (I did round 2 and 3 fly swim instead)

3 x 200 IM @ 4:00 descending

2800 yards total

I’m traveling Wednesday night so I can’t swim then, but I’m planning on dropping in again with the Mountain View Masters on Thursday morning. Thursday night I come home and then Friday night I go back up to the Bay Area for the PMS SCM Championships. I need to get some kind of road warrior or attendance award! Maybe a classy patch to go on my parka… I might not be the fastest guy at every meet, but I do seem to be at every meet. That’s gotta be worth something right?

2 Responses to “First Rain of the Season”

  1. Wendy says:

    The waiting doesn't sound fun, but I do like the feeling of swimming in the rain.

    Good luck in the 200 fly!

  2. Rob D says:

    Thanks, oddly I'm more nervous about the 200 fly than I am about longer distance open water swims!