Weather: Rain Temp: 55 deg.
Accessories: Merino Socks, Rapha Fixed Backpack, Winter Hat
If you tried to connect to Velodramatic today and came up empty I can explain. My ISP decided to shut down their Los Angeles data center and physically move the “box” my site runs on to San Diego. To hear them explain it, it was easier to load the server containing terabytes of data from thousands of sites on a truck than it was to transfer all those bytes via the network. Sometimes the low tech solution is the best answer. Pity they couldn't have spooled a cable out the back of the truck on the way.
A steady rain made my commute a slippery, grimy affair in both directions. On the way in I lathered up with Mad Alchemy's uber secret embro, a wonderfully aromatic blend with a hint of coffee and a little less heat as preferred by embrocation magazine's Jeremy Dunn. It definitely smells great but I prefer the intensity of the MA medium. This not only gave my legs a nice sheen but it provided a perfect base for the tailings to adhere to. Once again, the water found its way into my Defrosters, slowly at first but by the time I reached the office, I was actually pumping water out the top of the boots with every turn of the pedals. Archimedes would be proud.
Ordinarily I'd suit up with rain pants for a day like this. That's a piece of kit that Rapha has not tackled yet. I believe the designers are thinking about trousers of some kind... something to look forward to down the road. Without that gear I improvised on the way home with packing tape (low tech again). Looked like hell (as you can see in the photo) but worked a charm. After managing to dry most of my kit at the office, I avoided a repeat of the soaking I received on the front nine.
The round (can't resist the cycling golf comparisons) confirmed the one-hour water resistance rating I gave the Stowaway Jacket earlier this month. Good to know if you're lucky enough to have more than one Rapha Jacket option for the weather conditions.
Even though it was dark by the time I got home, I gave the bike a good rinse, dried it off and lubed the chain before putting it up for the night. The next four days are forecast to be glorious so I want the bike to ready for the final act in this 30 Day adventure.