Went out for a great ride today, 40 miles in 4 hours (including rest stops). Sounds slow to some of you, I'm sure, but remember that's faster than the 8 mph I posted back a month ago.
And I went out with a group, and for the first time I rode in the middle of the pack, instead of lagging behind. My body is somehow acclimating, I don't feel the need for a rest stop every 5-10 miles anymore, and I had power even at the end.
So this is progress, and the summer's only just begun!
Thanks for all your encouragement and support