the maiden flight of the "green swarm" (the name i've given my new pearl izumi streak II shoes pictured above) will have to wait for another day. i had plans to take the ultralights out for an easy jaunt around town at noon, but the weather was too icky. i didn't want them to be soiled by the elements. so the old initiators (i never did name these things anything other than what nike did) carried me around town. i haven't looked at my garmin data yet, but i'd guess there were some serious dips in speed when i was heading north or west. the wind was awful and the spitting rain didn't help matters. just before i headed out the door, i saw a gust of 27mph on the weatherlab...and i still went out! it was actually quite pleasant once i got moving. really! 38 degrees and blissful!