This week started off with great intentions for training; I am seven weeks from Ironman Florida, and this week had two key workouts scheduled, plus an increase in running mileage. I was ready…I was prepared…I was actually excited, but Mother Nature had different plans for me, and for all of us in Northern Colorado.
I’ve lived here for just over a year, and I’ve heard people talk about a 100-year or epic flood. It will come someday, they told me, but not for awhile. Our realtor briefly mentioned it as we were looking for houses earlier this spring. She cautioned (for what I thought was purely liability purposes at the time) about buying too close to a creek because of the flood potential. Flash floods aren’t uncommon in Colorado; in fact; there are warnings posted quite often. Quick, pop-up thunderstorms, canyons and burn-scarred territories make it prime for quick flash floods during the summer months. Boulder was thought to be a prime target for such a flood given these conditions. Many scientists and meteorologists have been predicting it for years, but not during this past week. At the beginning of the week, the forecast called for temperatures in the 70s (with rain), which many welcomed after several days in the mid 90s. It seemed like a brief change in the weather. But…no one expected this. Read more >>