I live in rural Mattoon,Illinois about 50 miles south of Champaign.
I'm a 54 year old semi-retired computer programmer. I still do some contract work for my former employer M&M Mars.
I farm the family farm.
Got into Bicycling to add another fitness program as I was seeing diminishing returns on the machines at the local Y.
My plan was to eventually get into running however bicycling is much more challenging than I remember. I thought I was in pretty good shape as I think I could seriously destroy the elliptical machines at the Y. Compared to what I read in the Clydesdale forum I am sub-beginner. Saturday, I think I finally got my seat adjusted as I'm much less sore and can finally get my heartrate into the 140s. I've gotten 211 miles in as of today, keeping my increase to 15% a week. Last thur after a ride in 20mph winds with frightening gusts, I ordered a Kurt Road Machine so I can keep up a reasonable traing schedule.