My wife just started riding with me.
At this point she can ride 5 or 6 miles at about a 7mph pace and that exhausts her for the evening with her legs feeling like mush. (We all know what THAT feels like!) I'm learning that the days she rides, I need to be responsible for dinner.
The goal for the near future is for her to be able to keep up on a casual group ride of 10-15 miles at a 10-12 mph cruising pace. She asked me last night how long she can expect it to take if she rides 3 times a week at minimum. I have no basis for a good comparison. The longest I've been off the bike was 4 years and when I got back on, my body knew the drill and I was riding 15-20 miles in a month. She's never been fit in this sort of way, even when she was younger and not overweight.
So, what is the experience and advice of some of the folks here in the C&A forum? Thanks.