Monday, April 21, 2008

Catching up

I apologize, to the two or three of you who actually read my blog, for my long hiatus from posting. Quite frankly, I haven't had anything too terribly exciting to write about. So does that mean that I'm now bursting with exciting stories? Not really. For those who may be interested, I'll just fill you in a bit on these past couple weeks.

I came down with a bit of a cold in the week following Diez Vista. I'd scheduled that to be a rather big week, but I opted to play it smart and take it easy. I did get out for a couple runs. One in particular was a run out at Tiger Mountain. The weather was fabulous highs in the upper 70's. Fantastic, right? Well it would have been except that I encountered a fair bit of leftover snow on top of Tiger 1. Rather than slog through snow up the trail to the summit, I instead chose to take the more easily navigated road to the top. What had been a great run suddenly turned into a brutal march through 2 feet of mushy snow, and that brings me to my next topic.

What the F is the deal with this much snow in April? This is crazy. Just this past weekend we were treated to a bit more. Evidently this was the latest recorded lowland snow ever in Washington. It sure feels a lot more like work when having to go out to run long in such miserable conditions. I feel like a bit of a whimp, but I've lived in Washington my whole life, and I can't remember such awful weather. I've always scoffed at the notion of Seasonal Affective Disorder, but this lack of sun is seriously bringing me down. Besides just having a harder time getting motivated run, the amount of snow on places like Rattlesnake Mountain and Mt. Si is keeping me from doing some of my key spring training runs.

This weekend I'll be running the Capitol Peak 50 miler. I'm assuming that I'll be contending with more snow down there. If I could at least catch a glimpse of the sun, it might be manageable.


Jove said...

Booooo to snow! Hopefully this semi sun/heat is assaulting the mountains and clearing up some of the trails. But if Tiger is still snowy... Tempo chato. My IT got pissed after I rode to Anacortes following DV, but I think I'm going out to Capitol Peak as well. Whether I'll be running or taking pictures, I don't know. Good luck out there.

Michael said...

Si is runnable right now, the snow is well packed down thanks to the millions of hikers that seem to always be there. I don't remember if I told you about Capitol Peak or not, so please excuse the redundancy if I already mentioned it, but when I was there two weeks ago there was over a foot of snow on top of the ridgeline. Since then, I don't think the weather has warmed up enough for it to melt. I can't remember having a winter here in the PNW with this much snow, let alone in April....

Devon said...

Double boo on the snow. I was not a fan of the snow falling on my head two weeks ago when I was on Cougar. Very ridiculous. Good luck at CP this weekend!

I am just glad I missed out on the snow last friday and got to swap it for some sunshine in Cali!

Laura H said...

Yah - I'm tired of the cold weather too. I definitely have more energy when it's sunny out! Hopefully this Saturday will be as sunny as predicted and the snow on the ridge will be mostly to all gone. See you there!

James said...

triple boo on the snow! it's driving me crazy-- i ran on the treadmill yesterday to avoid the crappy weather that blew in in the afternoon just as alison and i got in the car to drive out to the olympics(where snow was surely awaiting)!!!

good job at cap peak, we wanted to see you finish but alison's mom was in town and we had plans in town.

keep up the good work!