Went skating at my normal rink in Watertown this evening. I didn't resume skating last year when the weather started to get cold as I usually do. This was because I never stopped biking, and actually began to increase my monthly miles. It has been a year and a half since I last really skated hard, and I felt it hard on the floor this evening. While I could get my speeds up for a song or two, I didn't have the continuous push like I was used to having. Clearly there is an additional mussel group I'm not working out from cycling that skating is hitting, and I know I will be sore as a result.
Pictured are the flood waters at Paunack Park. The waters had just begun to recede but another round of rain has again pushed them back up. My bike trails are still open but water has again started to cover parts of them. Madison normally gets about 35" (89 cm) of rain a year. Mid October and we already have 46" (117 cm)—131% of our annual rainfall—and we have 2 and a half months of the year left.
My ride to breakfast was just above freezing with a strong tailwind. Coming home from work the temperatures were barely in the lower 40s °F (4°C) with a strong headwind. October, what happened to dry days in the 50s (10°C)?
Fall color is out on a good number of trees. Weather has been crazy though. While it will be hitting the 80s (+26° C) at the beginning of the week, the temperatures are supposed to hit freezing by the end of the week. So I took the opportunity to ride the north side of the lakes today while I still had the higher temperatures.