Thursday, December 16, 2010

Whoa…

It’s been a tough week.  The weather has been cold and nasty.  I’m trying to remember why I haven’t been able to make it to the gym, but the reasons escape me.  I’m sure the reasons were important.  I’m not a slacker by default.

At least, for yesterday, I had a good excuse. The weather gods connived to force a bunch of black ice on North Georgia right before rush hour.  Fortunately for me, I was early in early out, and I was well on my way home when it started freezing.  I was about 2-3 miles from my house when I noticed that traffic was backed up WAY further than normal.  I decided to take a back road.  Well, the back road was moving extremely slow, and it was apparent why until I went past the over turned car in the ditch.

We all took things very gingerly the rest of the way home.  Traffic was crawling up Mount Doom, and when I got to the top of the hill, I came to a complete stop.  There were some cars at the bottom of the hill that were refusing to try Ass-kicker.  After sitting there for a few minutes, I got frustrated and pulled my car off into the neighborhood.  I grabbed my work computer, a present for my son, and two boxes of pizza and walked home.  My hands were frozen, but at least the pizza was still good.

This morning, I got up at 6 AM to check on the road.  Dee Dee was on her way home from work.  Most of the roads in our neighborhood was clear, but the hills outside the entrance had a sheet of ice on them.  They are notoriously bad about this.  There was a car that had gone over off the road and started down the hill.  Luckily, a tree stopped it, leaving its arse sticking up in the air.  Cars were parked all over the road, randomly.  One looked like it had skidded sideways into a parked car, and a sheriff's car had skidded sideways into it.  What a mess!

Lucky for me, I was able to go back and get my car by 8 AM and drive around to the back entrance to the neighborhood.  Dee Dee had made it through here OK, and so did I.  Around nine, we were able to leave for work and school, and while traffic sucked, at least the roads were passable.

At lunch today, I was able to get on the treadmill for my second run of the week. I decided to make my warm up a little faster, and I was rewarded with a 3 mile run in 29:00, for a 9:40 average pace.  What really got me excited today was that my cadence was 186!  I have been working so hard to get my cadence up to 180, and something has just seemed to “pop”, and its all falling into place naturally now.

Dee Dee, Matthew, and I are off to Mobile for the weekend.  I haven’t been home this year, and I really need to see my Dad.  The temperatures are supposed to be in the fifties there this weekend.  I’m bringing my bathing suit…

Have a great weekend!  Y’all stay warm, dry, and safe for me…

Wes

12 comments:

Lisa said...

yikes. that's a nasty situation. glad you are all okay

Molly said...

So glad you are OK - sounds like it was the smart choice to leave the car and walk.

teacherwoman said...

That's some crazy weather! I think I will take a foot or more of snow and wind, over that nasty black ice!

Firefly's Running said...

Wow! I thought we only dealt with that icy stuff. I am glad that you are safe.

Kim said...

be careful out there wes!

Jess said...

Glad you are OK and were able to make it home without the car. You probably did the right thing to leave it.

Scott Keeps Running said...

sucks driving on that stuff.

LBTEPA said...

gosh! glad you're all ok!

LBTEPA said...

gosh! glad you're all ok!

Julie said...

Crazy ice scares the crap out of me! I hate driving in conditions like that. Way to be smart and leave the car:)

You have been running more than me. Seriously, I have been the biggest slacker over the past two weeks and I am going to pay for it! I can hardly wait for my muscles to scream in protest for those first few getting back into it runs:)

I hope that you have a great weekend too!

challenges2010 said...

Out of all winter driving conditions freezing rain is the worst! Glad you're all ok. Hopefully Mobile is a little nicer for you this weekend :)

Colleen said...

There's nothing worse than ice! :( Hope you had a good trip this weekend!