The early spring brings those base building rides. Usually I record every ride, take the GPS and download the data. Watch the speed and distance improve.
This season all of my rides so far (3) have been blind. I actually have enjoyed it - I don't feel like I have to beat the clock. I suspect though that this will only last a few more weeks until I feel like I have reasonable strength and endurance and an output worth measuring. Today was 30 miles, longest ride of the season so far. No significant pain - felt really good and the pace felt good as well. Have no idea what my average was but I did not take all morning to finish.
Now it's time to go and clean up all the bikes, they have not had a bath since last fall and they are all filthy. So glad spring has finally sprung!