So I have achieved day 3! My most optimistic predictions suggested that I would have missed at least one day or given up by now, given that a) Bike to Work Week in Vancouver generally means five convenient days of unceasing torrential downpour and b) biking to work means bypassing Tim Hortons. But this morning I still got on the bike and did it, so we'll call that a win.
Yesterday was - not to put too fine a point on it - awful. The promised torrential downpour arrived as expected, and by the time I got to work I looked like I'd been swimming. This morning, happily, I am mostly dry! It was only spitting out. The ride is already feeling a little easier, too, though there are still a few hills where I'll get off and walk rather than ride up them, and a lot of the perceived improvement is probably down to my actually knowing the route now.
Incidentally, I'd forgotten how much more pleasant it was to ride without the rain gear. In 2011, the last time I was riding regularly, it was usually at 4 in the morning and either well below freezing or pouring rain, on top of being something done in the execution of a terrible, soul-crushing retail job, so as you might imagine it was one of the most unpleasant experiences of my recent years. Now I can ride to work, take a shower, get changed, and then sit down at my desk with a cup of tea. This is much nicer!
(Still dutifully logging my BTWW trips.)
(Still haven't won a bike.)