Today Oklahoma got some much needed rain, and unfortunately some slightly over-due tornadoes. Before the ****e hit up here in Stillwater I went outside to play in the rain. I did my first more-than-a-few-feet skids, and those were a blast. But I learned that skidding not only applies to the going-to-stopping transition, but sometimes to the stopped-to-going transition as well!
I was track standing at an intersection, waiting for cross-traffic to clear before turning left. When it was my turn to go, I pushed on the pedals to leave my track stand and the bike fell right out from under me! I guess I had my back tire sitting over the paint that marks the crosswalk and it was so slick that I didn't get any traction when I started spinning the pedals. I somehow managed to land with my feet on the ground straddling the bike. I just picked it up, gave the car behind me a "yeah I know, I saw it too" look, walked over onto the empty sidewalk, mounted up, and rode back up the street to attempt the whole process over again (minus the falling down part, of course).
I'm starting wonder if a greater power just wants me to stay on the ground. Anybody else have similar experiences with slippery surfaces?