So, maybe some of you out there have already had your fair share of snow for the year...
But here in KC, we got it later in the winter. I thought we were going to escape winter 2012/2013 without a major snowfall until last week hit.
Pretty much 10 inches or so in about 12 hours last Thursday. It was pretty crazy.
I had the great idea to get to work early to miss rush hour in it. In retrospect I should have just stayed home and used a vacation day. Em was going to drop kiddos off for daycare so she could work from home since daycare is around 2 miles from our house. Well, her camry was snowbound in their parking lot and after a grand total of 1 hour at work, I got the batcall to come rescue her and the kids.
In the hour I was at work, there was already 5+ inches of snow and pretty blinding conditions. I'm not sure how others got home from work. I was thankful for my gas guzzling 4WD truck! I was surfing around in 4WD passing stranded cars on major streets and one of a few that could actually get on the highway without getting stuck.
Well then the highway came to a standstill as those in cars trying to escape just stopped. Cars were worthless and the highway was a parking lot.
Luckily after sitting for 45 minutes, some of the cars were able to get by and I snaked my way through and made it through several standstill intersections to get to Em and the kids. What normally is a 25 minute drive door to door took over 3 hours. That was a wasted morning. I should have not even gone into work. At least I wasn't one of the 50+ cars abandoned on the roads.
Then I spent 2.5 hours shoveling the driveway only to see our neighbor bust out their snow blower and be done in 25 minutes. Well... now I know who my real friends are and I borrowed their blower to get their car unstuck from our cul-de-sac entrance and clear off the sidewalks.
I then proceeded to take Friday off to rescue Em's car and dig out. Kids' school was cancelled and the city was still a mess.
And now we are looking at round 2....
Starting tomorrow and through Tuesday, we are forecasted for another 12+ inches of snow to top off the 10+ we got last week.
I learned my lesson and I will be calling into work Tuesday morning if it's anything like it was last week. Only this time, we are expected to get 40 mph winds. A true blizzard.
It's driven me back inside for training. It's normal to still be on the trainer, but my 2 hour run was on the dreadmill of shame. Luckily I had the Ironman 2012 recap on DVR and only needed 15 minutes of filler at the end. I also counted that 2.5 hours of snow shoveling as strength training! I think that's fair.
It could be worse. There's nothing like a snow day with the kids to make you remember that snow can be fun, at times, and in moderation.