Training - Cycling

This weekend I rode with a friend around Mercer Island (for those of you not from the Puget Sound area this is an island within Lake Washington which lies just between Seattle and the Eastside of the city).  It was a nice (but cold) ride.  I believe the total distance I travelled (including getting to the Island) was 17 miles.  I'm quite pleased because I was able to make it up the last big hill on the Island (on the west side) without having to stop.. 

I haven't been cycling as much as I like to this winter so this made me feel quite good.  My thighs still burned afterward (not sure if this was due to the cold ride... basically, not warming up quite so fast) but it was good to get up the hill without stopping.