This past summer we got very little rain here in Athens, Georgia. We seem to be catching up now that the weather has cooled down. It has been raining non-stop for the past few days. It has also been cold. I can take the rain or I can take the cold but rain with cold is a whole other agony.
Yesterday was a wash – literally. Running wasn’t missed. Archery and cycling were scheduled rest days so it worked out. This morning we awoke to more rain. Running on trails does provide some slight cover, less so now that the leaves are mostly on the ground. There are plenty of large evergreen pine trees and the trails are dense but running still leaves one human and one dog wet. On top of the rain and cold the wind pitched in to support sub-optimal conditions.
River, my lab and running partner doesn’t mind the rain. In fact, puddles provide opportunities to crash through water at full speed. She comes home a happy mess. I come home wet and cold. Still, it is more fun to run than not to run.
The weather forecast suggested there would be a short break in the rain. The forecast was accurate. The break meant at least an hour of archery practice could be attempted.
As soon as the rain paused I headed out to the range. Today’s practiced was a focus on form; an effort to reclaim the accuracy I had a year ago. Since November of 2018 my scores have been slowly sliding into an abyss. Recent training has all been about regrouping.
The rain on pause, the temperature into the 40s, it was go or miss the day. Rain was predicted to return after a short breather. The wind on the other hand was in full form. In fact, in our woods we’ve had four pine trees blown down during the past few days.
The wind was harsh enough to prevent my outdoor propane heater from staying ignited. It would fire up and fade out. But, it was just going to be an hour or so of shooting so all that could be done was grin and bare it.
Conditions remained windy without rain for the hour and a half I got to practice. It wasn’t so bad temperature-wise. The wind did get me a couple of times but I kept everything in the yellow. Certainly practicing outdoors was more fun that staying indoors, maybe less pleasant that practicing at an indoor range. (The indoor ranges were all closed)