I also posted this in the Clydedales area - I don't know which is correct, most appropriate given my story below:
Hello All, I just found this website and it looks like it could be really good timing for me.
First, I am 52. I am 5'-10" and weigh in at about 215-217 in street clothes and with my steel toed boots (work required), so probably about 210-212 stark. Should I post here in the 50+ group or in the (gulp!) Clydesdales?!
Second, I have a nice (I think) road bike I bought second hand from a buddy that is very into road biking, It is a Look 176 KG carbon fiber frame, Shimano Ultegra components and Rolf Vector Comp wheels. I wish I knew more and can get more facts if it is important for you to know to give accurate advice.
I need to lose some weight (Yeah, I've seen there is ANOTHER area for that too). My history - I began riding in earnest about 4 years ago. Here in Pasadena, CA, a large pack rides around the Rose Bowl daily. I can't now, and couldn't quite before hang with that pack. They were simply too fast. I began driving my bike to the Bowl, doing a couple of perimeters (3.1 miles once around) and driving it back home in my car. I gradually built up to riding to and from my home to the Bowl (9 miles round trip) then did about 3 or 4 laps for a total of 18-20 miles. I was doing this fine and felt I was on my way to better things. I bought gear, helmet, etc. THEN, I took a ride on my 49th birthday and nearly got killed. I was riding at about 16-18 mph (granted, not fast by an experienced rider's pace) and an old man in a car turned left right in front of me. I slammed into the right side front of the car, breifly was up on the hood, then narrowly avoided having my legs get run over as I fell back onto the road. Scared the crap outta me and I've only ridden on the street again a couple of times. I feel a bit paranoid. But I want to get back into it and I am planning on starting again, as I did before. I have had afull physical and I am fine. Had a "Heartcheck America" CT scan of my heart, no plaque unbelievably! My cholestrol is fine at 179 total. My HDL is borderline between "desireable" and "concern" but i understand aerobic activity should correct that fairly quickly.
Advice?...on the mental aspect (some of you have fallen, I know) the equipment, the weight loss? Training technique when working alone - which I honestl prefer at least for now...unless someone here is a local and would be willing to deal with a slowpoke. All help appreciated, Dan