The first full week of training is complete. It has been cold and windy but at least the roads have been clear and dry. My use of the trainer this winter gave me a base to work from and I am not starting completely from scratch. Riding the road is a far different animal though and it is much tougher when you are actually pushing your weight along rather than riding in place. Speaking of which, to ease my climb up a mountain, I need to lighten the engine weight by ten or more pounds before the ride. This may actually prove to be the bigger challenge as the extra exercise comes with an increased appetite. Wish me luck.