My one-year follow-up appointment for my bariatric surgery is on Jan 4th, 2011. I got this silly notion that I'd like to ride to and from the appointment, 22ish miles away. Call it my rite of passage from being the fat guy to the health nut; it seems symbolic in some way.
I'm currently commuting 6-7 miles each way to work, 3-4 days/week. Some days I'll stretch the ride home to 9-10 miles. So, I'm fairly confident that I can handle a 20ish mile ride one-way right now. The issue is doing double that, seven weeks from now.
My current plan is to start out this Saturday with a 20-mile ride - 10 miles along the route I'll take, then back again, and increase my turn-around point by 2-3 miles each week. That should get me up to 45-miles by Christmas.
My biggest concern is that I might have to cancel the ride if the weather is well below freezing. There's no way I will convince my wife it's safe to ride 45 miles when there may be ice on the road. That's why I'm hoping to get a there-and-back-again ride in before the big day, just in case I'm frozen out on the big day.
For kicks I'll try to record my time to enter into the Clyde 20-mile ride thread. The ride is nowhere near level, and my time will be closer to two hours rather than one, but then again, I'm riding a commuter with fenders, rack and bag, not a road bike. OTOH, if I had a road bike, I wouldn't be riding 3-4 days a week to work. It's a trade-off.
Next goal is to increase distance until I can do a century on my 45 birthday in late April. It's good to have goals.