The first ride is always Around the Block. It's an easy 10 mile loop around and over my mountain. I do it from time to time as a fitness test.
The first time is just to remind my body what's coming.
I don't usually get up the last stretch without walking until June. I did
it today on the first ride. Cross training works. The Specialized shims I got deserve a big thumbs up, my knees tracked straight without effort going uphill for the first time in my life.
This is going to be a good year.