I rode 12 miles today. And I went slowly. And I stopped twice to stretch.
But a few months ago, I was on crutches. The only way I could sleep was on my back, on the floor with my feet elevated. I was driving around the grocery store in one of those electric carts and parking in a handicapped spot. My problem was a bulging disc pressing against a nerve. Yowww! The pain was bad, but the worst part was wondering if I'd ever be back on my bike.
Anyway, with lots of core exercises, yoga, physical therapy and good luck, I'm back in the saddle again. It's gonna be awhile before I ride a century or even ride my age or half my age, but I'm determined to continue to slowly build my way back to fitness.
The 50+ forum has provided me with a lot of inspiration (mixed with a hint of jelousy for all you guys hammering out the miles). Reading the posts keeps me in the game and raring to fight the good fight.