Longtime lurker, first time poster.
I thought I would introduce myself tonight, since with a temp of 3 degrees and a -24 wind chill, I am too wimpy to venture out for a ride. I hope to become more active here, and hope that sharing my goals will make me more accountable to them.
I'm a 30-something Athena who started cycling in 2009. At that time, I went from about 290 lbs in Jan down to about 220 by August, but then got hit by a car and lost my momentum. Couldn't walk for 4 months, although I resumed riding in about 3.5.
In 2010 I started commuting and bought a 2nd bike, and hit 2000 mi for the year. In 2011 I bought appropriate winter gear and studs and learned to ride year-round, topping 3000 for the year. In 2012 I aimed for 5000, but life got in the way about March, and crisis followed crisis... So I ended up taking 9 months off. Oops.
My weight had stayed in the 230-240 range while I was riding regularly, but in 9 months of bikelessness creeped back to about 290. Funny how that works. I also just don't feel as good as I do when I have better fitness. More aches and pains, so winded.
I made a goal for 2013 to get back in the habit, and hit 5000 for sure. I've got some secondary goals, like to ride a century someday. I've done some rides up to about 70 mi, but those take me about 7 hrs, and I feel like I need to get a bit faster/better. My general goal is to get into riding first, then nutrition will follow. I am not good at sticking to diets that leave me starved, but I find when I exercise I crave better fuel than I do when sitting on the couch. Miles is the goal, weight loss is the hoped-for side effect.
I made a new years resolution, but January wasn't so good to me. I caught the flu, and was out of commission for over 2 weeks, and am still coughing. The days I felt good enough to ride, were bad weather. I have a trainer, but get so bored. There was only one day I attempted commuting, but my chain broke halfway there, and had to make the call of shame for a ride from my boss (first time ever). In total I rode about 100 miles in Jan, was planning on 300 at least for the month. February will be better. I just have to keep the motivation up. Even when its 3 degrees out.