Hey everyone... I've been a lurker on here but this is my first time posting in the Clydesdale section. I am 44, 5'10 and just weighed myself at 240#. I just got back into cycling after a long hiatus and am enjoying myself quite a bit. I have dropped about 15# so far and am targeting a fit 215-220. I started riding again seriously a couple of months ago, starting out on a vintage Basso and recently upgrading to a Klein frame with Campy stuff. The old Basso is a classic but didn't really like a heavy rider when climbing or sprinting.
Anyway, back to my point, I have been getting into better shape, but in doing so I have found myself watching the little cycle speedo and concentrating on keeping that pace arrow pointing up almost obsessively lol. So today, I just stuck it in my pocket (wireless so it still tracks) and out of sight. And I just rode. I took the little side roads off my usual loop that I had been curious as to where they led but didn't "have the time" to check out before. I rode and I looked around and I saw old cars in the back of yards, new cars in the driveways, ladies in bikini's lounging around their pools, dog's on chains who would love to have gotten a bite in on me. Good stuff.
And when I look at my cycle computer, I had ridden much further than I thought and my avg speed wasn't off much at all. My point is after all of this babbling: just have fun, do a little LSD now and then. Smell the proverbial roses and enjoy cycling for what it is: rider and bike. Fitness is just a side benefit oh, incase you are wondering: LSD - Long Slow Day