^Thanks! Yes, it did go a lot faster than it did during the cold morning runs! I edited my trip report slightly to reflect that.
As for which seat I prefer, it's definitely the backseat.
_koppen wrote:Only two weeks to go now..
You really have something to look forward to. Just make sure that if it feels slow in the morning there is no reason to feel disappointed, as it will become a lot faster throughout the day. Have fun!