Gaining a little confidence w/ my bike and my skills. Had to make a trip to my local clinic this morning, since it was around 65℉ and the route takes me through some of my favorite cut through roads, so of course I took the bike. Knowing the roads fairly well (bumps, potholes, gravely spots) helps. This morning, the roads were completely empty and I came up on a familiar curve a bit hotter than I intended only to find that it was shaded, damp and slick. I was really having trouble getting speed shaved off and turned in for the curve. Knowing the front wheel was quite close to the limit and as that metallic (adrenaline?) taste came up on the back of my tongue I added some more rear brake. Got a little loose, but it helped shave off speed and get the front pointed in allowing me to complete the curve safely and in control ,rather than slipping and sliding through juggling front vs. rear wheel slip and/or going wide over a 20foot bank. I am gonna take a semi-educated guess and say this is what trail braking does/feels like? Very thankful that I was not already pushing when I ran upon that wet curve. Only one of the many hazards that can catch us off guard even when there aren't any other vehicles on the road. Also a classic example of how the only safe place to push the limits is on the track. On public roads unstable conditions, obstacles (some living), and general unpredictability can turn even the most leisurely ride into a risky situation.