I did it....registered....waited... trained a little! ...and then finally yesterday, I did it !!! Manhattan, Bronx and Queens went well. Brooklyn, well was a little more difficult. My legs started cramping around the 32 mile mark. So I rested; made it to the foot of the Verrazano Bridge where I rested again (because of cramping again). I struggled up to the crest of the bridge but I never walked my bike...I dropped it to the lowest gear and peddled furiously and steadily to the peak and coasted down the other side, made the turn into the park and crossed the finish line.
I have to admit, I got kind of misty eyed thinking about what just took place. I was a sedentary obese (I was going to say overweight because "obese" is such an ugly word that I would never use to describe myself,ha!) 50 year old...263lbs. Today I weighed in at 235lbs...just completed my first 42mi. organized bike ride. My family is proud. I still want to lose 35-40 more pounds, but this was big for me.