When I posted my question yesterday, based on the diversity of the group on this site, I hoped for a variety of perspectives and ideas - and that's exactly what I got! Thanks to all that replied. So many great ideas that are practical and easy to do. The one consistent piece of wisdom that most everyone expressed - which in the end is the most important - was that if I enjoy the ride regardless of the pace, that's all that really matters. Just being out there and riding is enjoyable. That is an especially good reminder for me because 2 years ago it was discovered that I had 80 to 90% blockage in 2 arteries. I am blessed to be both still alive and able to ride as I do now. So any riding is great. Thanks for the reminder. Best wishes to you all.