I had a wonderful ride outside today. To get out in the sun and to be by myself and with nature was just what I needed and I felt like I had gotten a bit of my energy back. I went a little more than 37 miles today in a time of 2:23. The route was "Beach Rock" - out to 219 and around the reservoir and back down 20 to Simsbury Rd to firetown and home. It is very hilly, but I'm sure simulates the ride closely to that of Lake Placid. The hills didn't seem as bad as I had remembered them and I was also thankful that there was not much wind. The last few times I rode this course, I can only remember my time being over 2:27, so I'm pretty happy with today's ride, especially since I know I probably could have gone harder in some spots.
On a separate note...thanks to everyone for their kind thoughts. It's been a rough couple of days but as time passes it is getting easier to get through the days.