I tend to pour myself into a new hobby, oft'times with more fervor than necessary. So help to figure out the things I don't know yet but NEED to know:
1) I've only recently realized that my heart rate moniter can be a tool to use rather than something to refer to later.
-- What are the various methods for which I can use this tool?
(having just posted moments ago with regard to elevated bpm on a hot ride)
2) I wanna ride, but I don't want to be considered a pansy for slowing or resting needlessly. By nature, I believe I'm lazy.... but not UNTIL the task at hand is completed. So I've crested to that side of life considered 'older', I am seriously overweight, I'm new to this bicycle thing, and I haven't done any serious exercise in 25 years (save to work my way through two Correctional Officer training academys spaced 20 years apart). Even though I feel strong, and only my butt and hands feel taxed, I can ride over 20 miles and not feel taxed.
-- What is the wisdom regarding how often and when a newbie rider sl/ash 'old guy', should slow down or simply give it a rest when out on those rides over twenty miles?
3) Hydration.... it's a good thang!
-- Let's assume it's a hot day, no shade, newbie -fat- rider, when/how much/how often should I be taking a sip of that water bottle? Right not, I may not bother unless/until I've ridden ten miles, pulling over and drawing as much as half my water bottle..... finishing the rest of it when I'm done with my ride.