Ok, Im new here so Hi!
in late 2007 I purchased my 1st road bike ( a red specialized allez elite triple ) I was around 280lbs and in otherwise good health at age 26. I had started riding regularly short rides, 10-20 miles and started getting into better shape. By 2008, with the help of and avid cyclist co worker the rides had grown to 35-50 miles with a good amount of hills ( with a weekly summit of the local small ski area ) The Bike had been upgraded to a Specialized Tarmac expert with a double ( 52-39?) I was still a big guy at around 220ish but in my opinion in good shape. I could keep up with the local shop rides that averaged 18+mph over 50+ miles and I felt good.....
The birth of my 1st and second children ( twins ) in late 08 slowed me down a bit but I was still riding 2 times ( between 80-120 miles ) a week And I started training for a TRI.
It was around this time that I started having an "issue" breathing, but just muscled thru it. Maximum efforts very painful and I at times couldnt even remember long sections of rides.... but my legs felt SO strong.
The tri came in 09, and with the addition of twins and a new 50+ hours a week job I was slowed up even more in my training. Race day came, and I did well in the swim and was totally excited to get on the bike course and rip it up ( I trained once a week on the course and could totally kill it ) Long story short, my trusty Mavic Ksyriums failed me and I broke a spoke. The worst most horrible feeling in my whole life... carrying my bike back to awaiting friends and family there to see me. I took a few weeks off before riding again, and the breathing issues continued to worsen. By the beginning of 2010 I was not riding at all. By March 2010 my DR said I had Asthma and put me on Advair.
I road less than 200 miles in 2010 and 0 miles in 2011 until last week when I took my poor neglected pride and joy out for a pathetic 10 miles. I felt like crap, my lungs hurt, I fat again ( back to 280 ) and I hate myself and i hate the example im setting for my twins. I miss feeling strong, I miss riding hills. But I honestly dont know if I can.
Anyone have any advice?
Can anyone recommend a gearing change? I cant handle the double crank and wont be able to for a while. Can I change it to a compact crank without have to swap the front dérailleur?
whats the best 1st step back to feeling strong again?