Our story so far:
I needed to do something. I had been a couch potato, putting on poundage for 20 years.
I knew I wasn't gonna last long at that rate. Probably wouldn't even make 60.
But, what? Aha! I used to love bikes. Have all my life.
So, I got back in the saddle and joy now reigns throught the land. And yet... and yet...
At first I could see improvement everytime out. Now, I know I trending better but it's hard to see where the improvements are.
I wanted to lose some baggage. Sure, I've lost about 20 lbs or so since April but it's just not coming off as fast as I'd hoped.
I wanted to bring my BP and cholesterol down and get off all the meds I take. Sure I've been able to cut my BP meds almost in half and maintain ~140/80 (after a ride it's more like 110/70 or lower. Sometimes scary lower) but it's still too high and stubborn. I'm going back to see him in a week and I know he's not gonna be happy.
I wanted to improve my heart and lungs. OK, I have asthma and that puts a real damper on things. It might be getting better but I still gasp like a fish far too soon and my lung capacity doesn't seem to have improved much - and that's after using my inhaler. And, sure, I didn't have a heart monitor until a week ago so I don't know where I started but I still hit 160BPM far too fast (my MaxHR is ~167). I can't even do a 1/10 mile, 11% climb with hearing that damn alarm going off (while I'm gasping like said fish)
How long does it take to throw off 20 years of a sedentary life?
Am I asking too much?
Am I at the end of how good I can expect to be?
Is this it?
Do I just need to chill?
PS) Regardless, I'm not about to give up the bike. I'm loving it way too much