I guess I qualify as a newly riding Athena. The Athena part is a bit bothersome- but I'm working on it! Have lost 64 pounds since January 1st.
I started on a stationary bike in January with real riding starting about 3 weeks ago and am slowly working up to longer distances. The stationary bike is gathering dust, I can't imagine wanting to do that again after experiencing the real thing! I'm riding everyday, with rides going from 10-18 miles. It's my new obsession- the biking.
So glad to have found this forum and your collective wealth of knowledge. Happy riding!