I was worried that the break I took from riding while I was out of town was going to undo all the work I've done, but it was the opposite! I felt great today, I even managed to go three miles before I make my park bench stop. Last week I was forcing myself to make it to two miles before I stopped.
I was almost home and realized that I wasn't going to make it quite to five miles so I did a quick loop around the cul de sac at the end of my street and pulled into my driveway right at five miles! Yay for me! I did it in 29 minutes, which is how long it took me to do three miles when I started and then it was how long it took me to do four miles after a week, so I'm definitely getting faster. Still wimpy, but a definite improvement!
My next goal is to make it to ten miles, but I don't plan on doing that on a morning bike ride around the park. I'm going to do five mile rides for a bit and keep working on my speed and stamina and then I would like to start doing longer Saturday rides along the greenbelt downtown.
Today is a beautiful day and all those exercise endorphins have put a smile on my face. :)