Needed to get in a ride before Sunday's race and had not done any riding of significant mileage all week, except for the 24 mile fixed gear work commute, so I was stuck with riding in the rain Saturday morning. What I hate about riding in the rain the most is the shame of it all. I feel guilty riding in the rain because I am afraid of encountering muddy trails. Fortunately, Upper Paugussett drains really well and the only mud I encountered was actually on the forest road. The other two things I hate about riding in the rain is the wet and the cold. It's difficult to try and plan for the right kit for rain.
I don't want to jinx myself but after going over the bike and readjusting everything it was working beautifully for me. No more creaks or grinding sounds. There was an occasional squeak but that I figured out was coming from my shoe rubbing against the crank arm. So, I rode three laps of 3.5 miles figuring that Winding trails will not be nearly as hilly as Upper Paugussett State Forest and from what I can recall absolutely not technical at all.
In the third lap I stopped to take some pix. I wasn't going to take a third lap, rather cut it short and ride down the fire road but I was feeling really good with just a bowl of shredded wheat and a cup of coffee so I went for one more. Tomorrow's pre load will include two PBJs, 2 quarts of powerade, an orange, banana, and probably a grapefruit and to top that off I will be hitting the power gels at the conclusion of each lap. The only question is how much water to bring. Hop Brook I rode with one bottle and I think I will do the same tomorrow. Last year when it was 90 degrees out I did with a 100 ml hydration pack and a bottle of a gatorade.