We just got back from our first ride of the season...just our second tandeming season. We did an easy 15 miles out of town that included a few long hills. A year ago, we couldn't say "easy 15 miles" and probably would have struggled with the uphills. Sure, we took them in really low gears, but we made it.
What I noticed most is how far ahead we are of our starting rides last year, when 10 miles seemed like a big deal.
At the end of today's ride, we only hit 14.4 miles so turned back to make up the difference and get an even 15. We passed a woman walking her dog who commented, "You guys are so cute!" Hearing that, we tucked our tights into our smiley face socks (with the tongue hanging out), and told her, "Look at this!" We got another smile and this time, "Oh, extremely too cute!"
Nice way to end our first ride of the season, which btw ended at 15.1 miles. Oops!