Extremes

143 days without measurable precip, then yesterday the sky unloads over 2" of rain here in the valley, and well over a foot of snow above 4,000'.  There was a heavy snow warning for Maricopa county above 2,000' - no joke!  That probably doesn't mean much to the CO, UT, Iowa, or east coast crowd, but for these parts that is unheard of.  The picture above is of my planned ride for the day - yes, over that snowcovered ridge.  That was a no go...

Here's a rare shot of Superstition mountain covered in snow.  The view from my front door told me I was road bound for the day.

My training has been a bit on the extreme side lately as well.  With the Nova Marathon just around the corner (I consider them sprint events now), it's time to bring some top end back.  Training has taken a "drillin' or chillin' " flavor of late & it fully kicked my butt in the last block.  I was so tired yesterday, could do nothing but sleep, wasn't sure I was going to make it out the door today.  Glad I did though...it was an amazing day to be on the roads.  How often do you see snow covered peaks aside lush green golf courses and palm trees?  (BTW Humboldt survivors - that peak got well over a foot of snow yesterday)

Only gripe is the official Mormon assault vehicle.  Damn near got killed by at least 6 of these monsters.  Hummers are innocuous; if I see one more over suspended, jacked up, big tired EXPEDITION I'm gonna go postal...