It’s finally summertime! That means it’s time for BBQ’s, beaches, concerts and other fun outdoor activities. You would expect this time of year to be full of sunshine and pleasant weather, but what do you do when Mother Nature rains on your parade?
I recently had a run-in with some wet weather, and I found myself ill-prepared. In my case, it wasn’t a parade, it was my triathlon, which I had been training for all spring. I had read the weather report and saw the stormy forecast, but for some reason it didn’t register what that would entail: soggy clothes, drenched gear, muddy shoes…
In hindsight, here are somethings I wish I would have had on race day, and they are things you should have on hand if you plan to do anything outside on a rainy day. They may seem obvious, but they are things you wish you would have had but don’t think about until you find yourself in the rain without them.
- An umbrella
- Plastic garbage bags
- A light, water resistant jacket
- Old shoes
Ummm duh! Of course an umbrella, but as I said, it’s one of those things you forget until you need it.
The best, easiest way to keep anything dry you don’t want wet. Like your bike seat, for example, while it’s waiting for you in the rain. 16 miles on a soggy seat is not the most pleasant experience.
Thankfully, this I did have; however, it doesn’t do you any good if you don’t zip it up before getting on your bike and pelted with water drops. Trying to zip it up with one hand while racing is not a good idea either.
Or any shoes you don’t mind getting wet and potentially muddy. I decided to wear my new tennis shoes. Rain= puddles and puddles+dirt=muddy mess
Don’t get me wrong, I do love the rain, and although I was drenched, the race was amazing! There are just some little preparations that can make a huge difference when you find yourself out in the storm.
To a happy, healthy, and productive life!