Friday, August 26, 2011

Sometimes the Midwest Is Not So Bad

I'll be the first to admit that at most chances that I get, I give the Midwest a bad rap. I've lived here for what seems like forever yet I'm still the one who cheers for the East Coast teams my family grew up watching (the Giants, the Yankees), raves about New York pizza over Chicago-style deep dish, can't stand a bagel that doesn't come from the tri-state area, and on...and on...and on.

But between the earthquake that rumbled through the Washington, D.C., area on Tuesday and the weather forecasters telling everyone along the eastern seaboard to batten down the hatches and get the heck out of there, I'm overly thankful that I'm a thousand miles away. Sure it's because I know I don't have to evacuate my house and hope that everything is there--and not drenched--when I return. Yet I'd be lying if I didn't add that I was relieved to know that the races on the docket west of the hurricane's path were still on target to take off. I'd sure hate to wake up to find that the race I'd be training months for--or even days in the case of my attempt at Sunday's Chicago Tri--was canceled because of weather. Whatever happened to a little note that stresses the event will happen rain or shine? Guess it can't when a hurricane is involved.

How many races were canceled along the East Coast this weekend? A lot. I lost count after I glanced at the announcements on my feed. Bronx Half was one of them, but I'm blanking on the others.

Not here. We're still business as usual with the City Chase and Disco Dash happening in Chicago on Saturday, and the Life Time Fitness Chicago Triathlon on Sunday. I'm not even scratching the surface when it comes to listing area events--it's a big weekend around here. And that's not mentioning the event watching that can happen until midnight--give or take an hour thanks to the time change--between Ironman Louisville and Ironman Canada. Or hearing updates about Hood to Coast.

Who's going to have to abandon their open water swim plans? Did you have a race near you that couldn't happen? How'd they handle the cancellation (refund, reschedule)?

Photo grabbed from Chicago Man at flickr.

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