What’s it like to bike to work in the rain? Watch here

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I looked like someone aimed a fire hose at me when I got to work this morning: Water dripping down my legs, hair plastered to my head beneath my helmet, clothes sopping wet.

Water is covering the Shoal Creek hike-and-bike trail at 34th Street this morning. Pam LeBlanc

Still, I couldn’t stop smiling.

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I pedal to and from work regularly, and crazy as it seems, I love to bike in when it’s raining. Not only do I avoid gridlock traffic, I get to check out Shoal Creek and Lady Bird Lake up close.

When we get a good gully washer, the creek covers the hike-and-bike trail at 34th Street, forcing me to detour. That’s OK, too. The creek needs a flushing now and then, and it’s exciting to see rapids forming on a creek that was nearly dry last week.

I’m looking forward to the trip home this afternoon.

Author: Pam LeBlanc

Pam LeBlanc writes about fitness and travel for the Austin American-Statesman. She has worked for the Statesman since 1998 and written her weekly fitness column, Fit City, since 2004.

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