Went out last night after a couple days off and hit a couple of milestones: Tried throwing another 1/2 km on & felt good enough at the end that I kept going (bumping my distance from 4km to at least 7km) and I got my butt off the sidewalk and onto the road! (with the exception of left turns where I used the cross walk)
I'm chalking it up to the advice I've been implementing in bike adjustments and technique. Thanks a bunch!!
I'm feeling it today, though not like I expected. Somehow this makes it even better!