So, I'm about 2 months back into this whole cycling thing. I've learned a lot, like just today I figured out where the adjuster nut was for the derailers after fighting to get the rear one set correctly by changing the cable length. My average weekday ride is between 5 and 10 miles, and the weekend rides are mostly in the 12.5 mile range. Longest ride so far was 16.5. Today was goal day-20 miles. It was probably over ambitious, as I have not ridden at all this week, and the drinking started early Friday. But my first 20 mile trip is done. Most of our area is flat by most standards, but there are some slopes. At 18 miles, I hit the last one of them, and realized my legs were done. There was no spinning left, there was no mashing left, and at the top of that hill there was only one gear left.
Now, my ultimate cycling goals are: 1. Get below 200 pounds, or back into 34 jeans, I will take either. 2. Century. My current average speed is just under 10 MPH, so that's going to make 100 miles seem like a century. I did start at 7.7 MPH average for my first ride, so I think I'm improving.
I think I'm going to start using Strava to log all my rides, and since there is almost nobody else around here using it, I'll get to be KOM for a while, even at 10 MPH.