This morning was pretty chilly, right around the freezing point. For a recovery ride, that was pretty tough. My torso actually got a little bit cold, towards the end, which was a first (light base layer and rain jacket, only. Not quite enough). Fortunately, my fingers and toes only got a little cold in the process.
The hard part was to keep my heart rate down low enough. I ended up doing a lot of back-and-forth across the road in a couple places where there were unavoidable hills. Outside of those hills, I did a great job of keeping things relaxed.
I'm hoping this will help me to be able to improve my "base", so that I can get my recovery speeds up to 14-15mph. That's a ways off, alas, but I hope this is the right path to get there as soon as possible.