For those of you that have not read my annual birthday century ride report in the past. In August of 2000at the age of 55, I had bypass surgery, was overweight, out of shape, etc, etc. In recovering, I decided that I was going to do everything possible to stay away from the surgeons knife - eat right & exercise.
I found cycling was the a cardio exercise for me. It took a long time to build up - at first, when someone would invite me to go on a 10 mile ride, I would ask how many rest stops were scheduled.
My ability improved and on my 60th birtday, I rode the first century and since have ridden one every August 10th. Also, I've been riding about 3,000 miles total per year.
Today, the event started at 4:06AM and ended at 12:34PM. Saddle time was 6:37 with an average speed of 15.1 MPH. I ride the same route every year so I will have some comparison informantion. The stats are not improving from year to year so I guess that as I get to be a percieved (in my mind) stronger rider, father time comes along and puts me back a place or two.
Anyway, I feel blessed that at the ripe old age of 63 and a former heart patient, I can do a century and hope that will be able to do it for a while yet.