I totally kicked butt today
We have a rare warm dry day today. Day started in the low 30's with commute around freezing. I had on the Nike cold gear tights and UA cold gear top, a UA thin warm gear half zip jacket, and a windbreaker.
The new bike is fantastic. Even with a slightly heavier than normal load in the backpack, I crushed my previous times by about 6 minutes (I did 26 minutes today, in comparison to about 32 as a previous best).
Why I was faster:
Part of it is understanding what gears to use on the little hills I have to deal with.
Part of it is was the lighter easier rolling, faster bike
Part of it was the engine (me) getting stronger. I took fewer breaks, and just HTFU!!!
So I'll have 10 miles in today, should be fun!