41.60 Miles 05/30/11 - bicycles are not watercraft
After two days of hammering I wanted to do a recovery ride. It was also forecast to be 90, humid, and very windy, so the earlier I started the better. For these reasons I decided to not go on a JBC group ride - it wouldn't start until 9 and I likely didn't have the legs to keep up.
I picked a trail I had ridden before - the V.L. Gilman Trail, which starts in Montgomery and ends in Sugar Grove, 11 miles away. I started at 8 and my plan was to do it twice for a total of 44 miles. This trail is paved and most of it is through trees, which helped cut down the wind. As I came to within a mile of the end, a girl riding the other way informed me the trail was flooded ahead. As I came up to it I thought I'd do what I normally do with a trail under water. Slow down, stop pedaling, and ride through it. I'd get a bit wet from the tire spary but nothing too bad. Entering the water it was exactly as I expected. Then it got different, FAST. It must have been in an area where the trail dips, because before I knew it the water was over my hubs and my momentum came to an immediate halt. It was at this time I found out how difficult it is to unclip from pedals when underwater. Down I went. SPLASH!
I got up, picked up my bike, and trudged out of it. I had to dry out before heading back so I took off my shoes and socks and let them sit in the sun a bit. I stopped several people from making the same mistake I did and had a laugh or two with them. I was upset that my 40+ mile day was likely going to end up 20 miles short unless I dried off considerably.
Turns out on the ride back that the wind and heat did it's job, drying me off enough to do it again. Well, I stopped before the water this time. By the time I finished it was close to 90 and the wind had really picked up.
This made the 3rd day in a row with over 40 miles. Good prep for RAGBRAI.
The GoPro was set to time-lapse again (a picture every 5 seconds), so it didn't catch the crash too well, but here it is: