Went out around 6:30 this morning for 2.25 hr. ride. About 17 miles into it, I turned around but unfortunately was facing a headwind of 10 mph. Couldn't believe the difference it made. The terrain was relatively flat with a few low hills thrown in, but I was forced to use some of my larger gears as I got more tired. I did try to keep my cadence above 80. Finally after riding for 2.5 hours and covering 34 miles, I finally arrived home. Boy am I bushed though. I am near 60 years of age and have been riding since mid May. I am currently training until I can ride for 4 hours at a time so my wife and I can do some credit card touring. I believe it is getting easier as I go along but mornings like this are rough. I guess that is what "long rides" are for. How long did it take all you touring folks to pretty well get conditioned to where you could ride however long you wanted without getting completely whacked out? Thanks.