It is getting better each time. I should qualify that this is the third "successful" ride to the office; last Tuesday I had a flat after 4 miles and at that time I was without tire repair (which meant a cell phone call to the wife and getting to work a little late). I now have a portable pump, pressure gauge, spare innertube and CO2 cannister for a quick air-up. It is a good ride from my house to the office at about 11 miles. There are plenty of challenging hills which of course come with rewarding downhill stretches. Also the scenery is pleasant... Swope Park for part of the first third and then a bit after the halfway point I am on Meyer Blvd and there are some nice houses along the way... then I finish the route by riding through Mission Hills where the REALLY big houses are.
I'd like to get to the point where I ride at least three or four days of the week (not including weekend rides) and maybe by the end of the Summer I'll be riding every day. 22 miles a day should about do the trick if I can stick with it. Of course I'm not really seeing any difference when I get on the scale because my leg muscles are increasing as my belt length (very slowly) decreases, which keeps the weight static. I fully intend to stick with it however as it is rewarding, both physicially and (as gas prices rise) financially.