I’ve been doing my fair share of rain rides…
We sure have had a lot of rain over the past few days…
When Hector, William and I rolled out at 7:00 AM for Saturday’s 105 kilometer/65 mile ride the wind-driven rain was pelting us. Getting caught in the rain is one thing, but actually starting a fairly long ride in those conditions requires a little extra fortitude.
I snapped this picture about a mile into the ride. You can’t tell from the crappy picture, but the rain was really coming down hard. That’s Hector up front, followed by William:
None of us were surprised when we arrived at the group ride and found only two other riders: Brian and Mike. We rode with those guys for a few miles, but Hector, William and I were looking for a faster pace. Mike is new to the club, and Brian (who sold me Bloodbear) was kind enough to volunteer to stay with Mike at his desired pace. Brian is cool like that.
The rain continued on and off the entire ride, but we had a great time anyway. We were all glad that we rode, but admitted that early in the ride thoughts of tapping out were running through our minds. Here’s Saturday’s ride with all data on Strava.
When I got home I was tired and soaking wet, and the last thing I wanted to do was bike maintenance. But I can’t bear to leave my bike in that condition, so before I showered I went straight out to my bike shop and tore my Madone down:
On Sunday I did a solo 52 kilometer/32 mile ride, and once again was caught in the rain. The roads were wet and slick and the skies were dark and brooding. The clouds made good on their threat several times during my ride:
Here’s Sunday’s ride with all data on Strava.
Of course after that ride I had to tear down my Madone once again. 🙁
On Monday I was spared the rain, but I found myself wishing for it as I battled the heat, headwinds, hills and humidity. That ride report was in yesterday’s blog.
Which brings us to yesterday morning. More rain, and it started almost as soon as I began my ride. It was a fairly light rain at first, but during the second half of my ride it was coming down in buckets. I was doing hill repeats (32 of ’em), and the wind and rain were making an already tough workout even more miserable. Lisa called me in a panic right after I got back because there was a Tornado Warning in effect while I was riding. I was unaware of the Tornado Warning until after I finished my ride and my phone scared the crap out of me with a blaring warning message out of nowhere.
Here’s yesterday’s rainy hill repeat ride on Strava with all data.
Of course after yesterday’s ride I was back in the shop, tearing my Madone down for the third time this week. 🙁
I’m looking out the window, and it’s raining again this morning. All this rain is ushering in a nice cold front, though, and we’re going to have spectacular weather (albeit chilly mornings) starting tomorrow and lasting through the weekend. Good, I’m tired of working on my bike after every ride!