I've skated many times in the rain before; I've even, as evidenced by this, raced in the rain before.
So I went out for my warmup solo. It was indeed raining, see?
(It was kind of funny; when I came in planning to take the "water on jacket" shot, everyone I walked past kept brushing the water off of me--I kept thinking "stop, you're ruining my shot!")
But the ice was decent and the hamstring fairly uncomplaining, so I decided racing was a go. Then one of the officials approached me and said I was the only 1000 meter skater and they had a solo skater in the 1500, so would I mind... I said no problem, switch me to the 1500. I have two other 1500's from Roseville this year, so it would be good to see how I'm doing as the season progresses.
The 500 was first. I felt fairly good and it went OK, but my time was, once again, a 52. This is slow for me but still in the "reasonable" range, so I was fine with it. The 1500 also felt fine; I kept my technique together (Mel, who was watching from the warm dry observation deck, confirmed this); there were no PVC's; and the lap times, generously shouted to me by Russian Coach on the backstretch, showed only a nice, reasonable one-second die per lap. And my final time of 2:42 was three seconds faster than my last 1500 at Roseville a few weeks ago--but still six seconds slower than my slowest Roseville 1500 from last year. Sigh.
Still, it was fun. And my hat (yes, I actually was wearing one between races; it was an Epically Bad Hair Day) is off to the volunteers, who stood in the rain for hours so that we could race. Thanks guys!
So today, it's off to the Roller Dome for a recovery skate with Energizer Bunny, and then I'll see how the hamstring feels next week. I need to get in some endurance work before the 5K in the Masters Single Distance meet in early January, or it's not going to be pretty!