I know I've said this before, but one of the great side-benefits of biking into work is that I get to listen to audiobooks -- and I do this for hours a day, each day that I ride (a typical day, with the current route that I'm taking, has me on the road for about 2.5 hours). I just completed Stephen King's Song of Susannah from The Dark Tower. A lot of people said that they started to get tired of the story right around here, but I'm completely hooked -- well, the beginning of the book was maybe a little difficult to get through, but I'm fully into it now. The pieces have just been set up so wonderfully.
I have my average speed coming into the office up to about 18.5 miles per hour -- on the straightaways, I'm keeping things well over 20, so I think all is good. I have gotten a lot of questions about weight loss while I ride (see previous posts about how I'm trying really, really hard to avoid even looking at my weight), and I can say that there is certainly less fat on my body these days. However, my skin isn't quite elastic, so I have a bunch of loose skin - it's incredibly sexy.
Anyway, it's a beautiful day today, so the riding was wonderful (would have been great yesterday, too -- but I'll gladly sacrifice a day of riding to play with a symphony.