On Saturday morning, Sarah and I loaded our bikes on her rack and drove to the Perkiomen Trail, where we rode 11 miles, including a quarter of a mile up a 12% grade mountain (I'm not kidding... They dont call it Spring Mount for nothing!). It took about an hour and a half. Tonight, I took a 7.1 mile ride alone, but, and this is the kicker, I did the entire thing in third gear! (My bike has 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, with ranges from 1st through 8th within a given gear. 1-1 would be the easiest, 3-8 would be the hardest.) I average 3-4 to 3-5, but I rode the last mile and a half (including a fairly good hill) in 3-8!
(Oh, and did I mention CD 1 on Friday? That's a 5 week cycle!)