For those of you not familiar with our quirky California weather, winter is supposed to be our rainy season. It typically rains regularly from November through March, and then it will not rain at all during the summer. Not.one.drop. I thought this was odd when I first moved here, but now I think it's awesome because you can plan anything in the summer - an outdoor party, a wedding, a hike - and not have to worry about your plans getting rained out.
On Friday the governor declared a state of emergency due to the drought. Everyone is being asked to cut their water use by 20%. We're starting to collect gray water at my home to reuse for watering plants and flushing toilets. We turned off our lawn sprinklers back in October, and we won't be turning them back on this year. My car is just going to be dirty more often because going to the car wash seems a little frivolous when farmers can't water their crops.
But this also is making me rethink my race plans for this year. Many of the local reservoirs where triathlons are held are incredibly low or even empty. I'm not sure that the Catfish open water swim event I wanted to do is even going to happen at this point. And I wonder about the lake where the See Jane Run triathlon is held every year.
|The Almaden Reservoir in San Jose just last week.|
I'm guessing many local events may be turned into duathlons but since running isn't my strong point and I really enjoy the swim leg of a tri, I'm not that interested. I just wish there were more triathlons that were held in swimming pools!
So if you've got it in you, please send all of your rain vibes, prayers, juju, whatever you can spare towards California. Now excuse me while I get back to doing my rain dance.