Yesterday was my fastest commute yet. I'm not sure why. It was one of those rainy days when the you're underprepared and those little rain pellets sting your face and fingers the entire way. Perhaps the discomfort motivated me to pedal harder than usual. Perhaps it was because I was on the Cross Check and my body is adjusted to pushing the beefier, more semi-truck-like, Xtracycle up those hills. Either way, it was a fun, fast ride with two full panniers. You can't beat that.