...even though I look forward to my ride all day and I am happy once I'm past those first few. Every day in the first few miles I'm thinking that it's too hard and I have too far to go and my thighs shouldn't hurt so much when haven't yet done anything hard....usually I take it easy at the outset, but even so, it takes a a while for my attitude to adjust.
I've been riding now for almost 7 weeks. 15-22 miles/day for 47 days, to be exact, with 2 days off. It wasn't until I started reading this board two weeks ago that I realized that I need to take at least on day off a week. I can feel the progress, though it's small and very slow and I know I've got years before I'll really have appreciable ability. I have to take the next two days off for travel. I guess I've earned it.
I'm trying to remember that a headwind is my friend. There are no tailwinds, though. I'm just riding really well.
Finding this group has been a great encouragement and education. I ride alone and I don't have any cycling buddies, so you guys are my virtual community. So "thanks". My plan is to keep riding alone until the weather chases me inside to a gym with spinning classes, and then in the spring I'll look for a cycling club.