I too preferred to stay under the duvet but around lunchtime decided to venture out – partly to test out the waterproof properties of my new jacket (a Gore Bike Wear Power Trail Active shell) and partly to settle in my mind the relative benefits of my Marin Pine Mountain. Perhaps both of these will be subject to further posts individually but suffice to say the Gore is a very impressive piece of kit that kept me dry throughout and the Pine Mountain didn’t surprise.
I kept to a very simple route, eschewing anything approaching gnarr for a short 11 mile loop round Norbury with the aim of an hour’s exercise and nothing more.
The rain was persistent but not ‘that’ bad, but the trails were horrendous! Liquid mud in every direction meant splashing through the slop, most often sideways, getting drenched from the waist down with the wash from the front wheel. I finished the ride coming down Infestation but can’t say there was any satisfaction to be had – it was a slow speed affair looking out for the many wet roots that can be found along there.
The only upside was at least I went out. I passed several individuals and groups of trail runners, which appears to be becoming ‘a thing’ round here and on days like Sunday I can see the appeal – an hour or half-hour effort is probably giving the same bang for your buck as a whole morning for us (especially when cake is involved!).
Still, it’s now the start of the fourth week since the shortest day… summer is coming…