Well, it snowed again last night. Go figure. There has been snow cover for a couple months now and it has not been easy to play disc golf in the Chicago area. Sure, you can play in the snow. However, we have had bitter cold, snow, melt off, ice, more snow, more melt, more cold and a perpetual cycle of nastiness. The population herer has pretty much reached a collective state where we are now emotionally numb. Physical numbness is old news.
Its hard to play disc golf. I have played, but not nearly as much as I want to. A couple weeks ago I went out to a local 9 holer and there was about a foot of snow. The temperature had warmed to the mid 20's. On some steps I would sink 9 inches and on others just a couple. You really couldn't predict how far you would sink with each step. It was a stand and deliver kind of day--very difficult to do a run up.
This past weekend it actually got to 30 degrees. We drove south to Channahon where the Irish you the Luck of the Irish tournament will be held in two weeks. They had much less snow on the ground there. Fortunately, it was still cold enough that there wasn't too much mud. If it gets warm in the next two weeks the tournament could be a mudfight. It was delightful to have a sunny day and play 36 holes with lots of players on the course. Its also nice that throwing a disc is like riding a bicycle (and readers of this blog will know that I do that a lot) and my game was no worse than usual. It felt good to have a run up and a snap. Oh boy! It also felt nice to be on the course without looking like the Michelin man. I then got to ride a bicycle the next day to make it a perfect weekend. My reward-- more snow last night and high winds and cold air today. AAARRGH. I will hope that some of this abates so I can throw and ride again next weekend.
I am trying to psych myself up for the week of snow and cold. I have been using my Revolution Mini bag as a commuter bag. I carry it on the train and imagine shots as I cross bridges in downtown Chicago. A coffee thermos sits in the water bottle holder and a newspaper sits where discs ought to be sitting. It still feels good to have it on my shoulder. I have a trophy disc (ok, my only one) in my office. Its been very tempting to launch it down the hallway.