I just went out for my morning ride (I don't have to start work until 10:45 today, so I have time for a morning ride). Yesterday, I went about three blocks farther in my half-hour outward journey than I had the time before (Monday, I think). I decided that another three blocks or so would put me at the pub on the other side of the Parkway, so I set a 30-minute alarm again, and tried to hustle a bit more. I made it! 30 minutes to the pub, stop a moment to take a slug of water from my bottle, and 22 minutes home. Mind you, when I went out yesterday it was only about 7am - today, I lounged around until 8:15, so the last part of the ride was a little warmish. Tomorrow I shall try to remember that. I was trying not to get moving *too* early, as I have to work until 7pm, but I think that was an error in judgment.
Anyway, I'm very pleased with myself. Tomorrow, I'll go out earlier, and I'll set a goal a little farther up the hill.