I'm leaving the house Sat morning for my training ride on the road.
I'm going for another century.
The forecast is for morning showers with clearing by afternoon.
As I leave its overcast with the clouds breaking up to the east.
Now I have as much confidence in the weathermen as I do in those products that are going to increase my manhood (why all of sudden are those commercials all over Comedy Central?)
"Please. Just let it stay overcast for a few hours"
Last weeks ride under the scorching sun is still fresh in my mind, so much that I almost went to Rosaryville to do a marathon of loops.
After 20 miles, its still overcast with clearing towards the south.
Than I feel a drop of rain.
Its actually going to rain a little to cool me off.
The light rain quickly turns into a downpour complete with claps of thunder.
I keep riding assuming its going to blow over fast.
After 2 minutes I'm completely soaked including the shoes.
After 3 minutes the ipod remembers that its not waterproof and craps out.
For the next 2 hours it goes from heavy downpours with thunder to overcast and back continuously. Half the time I didn't know where I was at on my route cause the glasses were so screwed up with water droplets I could only see 100 yards or so in front of me.
At my turn around point, Point lookout State park, the southernmost tip of Md.'s Western shore
I get one last hard downpour then the sun finally comes out.....and it gets hot.
In retrospect, I think I preferred the rain.
I stop at the park store and take my break/refueling stop.
Soft chocolate chip cookies, cheese crackers and apple juice. The choice of champions.
I do forget also to refill the camelback. I guess being soaked to the bone and pelted with water will make you forget about drinking.
The second half of the trip home is kinda uneventful.
It was hot, and I was nursing the water from the camelback to make it last.
The trainings doing what its supposed to, I lasted probably another half an hour longer than usual before I really felt like dog shit and the triceps didn't give me major problems like my earlier rides.
I stuck strictly to the endurolytes, no sports legs, and I think I'm sold.
No cramping. I got close but they never materialized, and when I needed to push it (intersections) I was able to.
16 mile/hour avg.
7 hours total time.