TOOTHFUL, you rock! Your hubby needs to join you. It's a great exercise that you can both enjoy together. Just imagine all the amazing places you both can go and the things you can see on your bikes. You should get him to join you for a short ride and show him just how great it truly is. There's a ride in Hawaii where they get you in a van at something like 4:00 AM and take you to the top of a volcano and you get to literally coast down, on a bike, while watching this amazing sunrise.
As for your plans for cycling, you're doing perfectly. Start small and just build from there. My first ride on my new Trek was pathetic - 12 miles. My butt was so sore from that piece of plywood with the name Bontrager proudly plastered on the sides. I invested in a nice Fizik saddle and that made all the difference. It sounds like you're doing fine with the saddle so I'd say focus, focus, focus on your goal. My paltry 12 miles turned into 30 then 40 then 50 and, pretty soon, it was all Metric Centuries and I finally did my first full Century in July, another in August and another in September of this year.
Some friendly advice: Don't push yourself. I did and now, at this late hour in the season, I find myself not the least bit thrilled about cycling. Don't let that happen to you.
My buddy, who got me into cycling, rode just over 21,000 miles last year (yes, you read that right, 21,000 miles) and even he has found himself burned out on cycling. It can happen to anyone.
Keep up the good fight and ride safe!
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