Monday, May 10, 2010

No Open Water Swim - Tornado Outbreak in OK

Due to the weather in Oklahoma, our open water swim practice has been pushed back to Wednesday night as of now. A tornado outbreak occurred in Oklahoma this afternoon with several tornadoes causing extensive damage across the state. Thankfully there have been no reports of any deaths, but the property damage was fairly extensive. Most of the storms moved just south and east of the OKC metro so we watched most of the storms on TV as the events unfolded.

I am currently sitting on the couch watching all of the videos stream in from across the state of all of the damage. It's heartbreaking to see all of the homes that were completely destroyed. I do have to admit something though. I am absolutely fascinated by weather. You could probably label me as a weather nerd. I read the scientific discussion from the National Weather Service every day and have seriously considered taking storm spotting classes so I can chase storms when they hit. It is truly amazing to watch the storms evolve and see how rapidly they change. Even to this day, tornadoes are extremely hard to predict and even the best technology can't pinpoint exactly where they will hit or what path they will take. They truly are a mystery that can't be solved.

The rest of the week continues to look stormy and unsettled so the training schedule may be pretty hit and miss this week. The plan is to do an open water swim this Wednesday and get in a few bikes and runs on the other days. Keep your fingers crossed for good weather.


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