or....go race and see how you stack up, it can be fun and will give you new goals. some healthy competition never hurt anyone.
(i suggest XC...they yell less and you can't get dropped)
I ride for me. It makes me feel good and I enjoy it very much. It's helped me get fitter and basically that's all that matters. I go out to enjoy myself. Yes I keep a record of rides and I'd like to get faster at some point but as long as I come back with a smile on my face (and I do after each ride) it was a good ride.
As out of shape as I get, there is someone even less in shape or doesn't ride at all. Never be discouraged. If you are getting out on a bike that is better than most. Cycling is an individual sport - the one that matters is you!
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I "wasted" my best, youngest years by not keeping track of my distances or times. By the time the internet came along to tell me I had to, I figured it was too late to start :-)
Until usenet and internet forums, I also never knew that it was compulsory to achieve certain numeric goals. My average times would be useless to know anyway, because I vary my speed and intensity a lot within the same ride, plus I have to climb every hill I see, which really slows me down.