This all started as a result of a heart attack at at 42. I started out walking then cycling. Now 11 years and 16,000-ish miles later, I'd hoped I'd be in better shape than this. Such is life. What I have learned is that I cannot exercise off what I eat. Unless of course I eat substantially less.
Most importantly I've had fun. Going/seeing places meeting people and riding my bike.
As so often happens, life gets in the way while you're making other plans. For reasons only known to other smokers, I started smoking again after quitting for more than 10 years. Smoking was a contributing factor to my not riding the Houston to Austin MS150 as was my being critically out of shape. Through the generosity of a friend at work, I have a replacement road bike (for the Guru Flite that was stolen) the front derailleur failed and must be replaced. I suspect the frame is at the outer limits of what I can make ridable through reasonable adjustments. I know the seat post is too long which doesn't bode well. With a "normal" torso ans short legs (30" inseam) bicycle fitting is something of a challenge for me. That is on of the many things lost when a bike is stolen from you, a the countless hours of tweaking and and adjusting to get the bike to fit your body and riding purposes. So I really am back at the beginning. Still fat even more bald and trying yo put together a road bike for the Houston to Austin MS150.