Went out on Saturday last for a 2 hour bike ride in the worst weather. Windy, rainy, hills etc. But I found myself in a strangely peaceful place. I was in the small wheel and my wheels were spinning. It was all so very effortless and pleasant as I maintained a 22mph speed.
I've realised it's much better to cycle like that - which I feel I could do forever - than forever be grinding round on a big gear, having my legs scream for mercy.