Just another old fart that's been lurking around a while. I'm 56 and have ridden my Trek 800 on and off for about 15 years (more off than on). This year I decided to 1.) quit smoking and 2.) get more serious about cycling. I went out and got myself a road bike, new Trek 1200c and have started to ride more regularly lately for the past couple weeks. Here's my problem. I live in a very hilly area and also have a very long commute to work, over an hour. So the only time I have to ride is at 5:30AM. It's still very dark and cold here at that time so I really don't want to go out of my neighborhood. We live at the top of a hill so my morning ride consists of a mile ride downhill and then a pretty steep mile ride back up hill, which has been a killer on my legs. I'm afraid that if I go farther I won't make back home, longer uphill. The problem is I'm not racking up many miles and my average speeds are slow (10mph). Should I be worrying about this yet, or should I just keep doing this until it gets easier? This weekend is supposed to be nice here so we (my wife, who is much better than me at the moment) will probably take the bikes to one of the rail trails and I'll get to ride on the flats. I can't wait.
BTW, this is a great group.