The above picture is taken from my GarminConnect and gives a partial look at my 38 mile ride on Saturday. It took me 2:09:53. It was the longest solo ride I have ever done. Seems small to some (my husband included) and probably seems long to others.
I think my farthest solo ride last year was around 32 miles. I have ridden my bike farther, but only twice. In the past, I have been a 20-25 mile kinda girl. Last year did I go above that mileage- once at the Kickapoo Kicker for 100k and once at the Chequamegon 40 for an obvious 40 miles.
Saturday was great. My Garmin says I burned around 2000 calories! If I could do this ride twice a week (above my normal stuff), maybe, just maybe, I could lose a pound a week and reach my goal of losing about 10-15 pounds by the end of summer or sooner.
Why worry about a scale number? Well, I am not. I just want to be more fit. Leaner. Climb better. Run faster. These things all are accomplished easier with hauling around less weight. Period.