Wow. What a neat idea! I didn't know there were so many athenas out there!
I'm kinda looking at cycling the same way RoseInOregon is. Trying to make a lifestyle change. It's still tough some mornings rolling out of bed before 6:45 for my morning rides but I am always so glad that I did. I'd much rather do morning rides than do cardio in a gym!! Riding is fun, working out in the gym is a chore-- at least to me.
Age: just turned 30
Marital Status: in a relationship
Height/weight: 5'5" ish-- weight--more than I'd like to say
What bike do you currently ride: Specialized Dolce- it's purple and despite the sneers I get, I love it!
How long have you been riding?: I've been riding recreationally since at least 2000 but have been riding longer and more consistently since I got my road bike in Feb of this year.
Are you currently trying to lose weight, and how are you going about it?: I am def trying to lose weight but am viewing my cycling as more of a lifestyle thing-- starting nearly every day with at least 40 minutes of cycling. Will make an occassional appearance in the gym--only 3 times a week because I actualy hate going to the gym but from what I've heard and read, the toning I do there can help with weight loss. Also, I'm working on eating smaller portions and eating less processed food-- I've cut waaay back on treats-- will only treat on Fri-Sun.
What is your ultimate goal?: My ultimate goal is (appearance-wise) to lose all the extra padding around my thighs, waist and arms (fitness wise) to ride fast on flats and hills and actually start feeling more like a cyclist and less of a poser.
How often do you ride and for how long?: Ride at least 40 minutes M-F before work with a longer 2-3 hour ride each weekend.
What is your favorite thing about riding?: I like going fast(at least what passes for fast for me) and I like that feeling you get once you get to the top of a climb and start the descent-- mind you I could do without the pain of the last few yards of the climb!!