Hello everyone. This august I will be 51. After my son's basic training graduation, I decided I need to return to my former self. Many years of, well...varied inactivity...have left me overweight and out of energy. I have recently lost 14 pounds and started riding my old schwinn criss-cross a couple of weeks ago on a rails to trails conversion here in the midwest. As the pounds continue to melt off, I am already feeling better. I was once a 250 mile per week road cyclist, an avid (rabid) off road rider and general fitness buff. Roller blading, skateboarding, body surfing, cross country and downhill skiing, rock climbing, parasailing...the whole nine yards. My spare time was consumed with these sports/hobbies. I recently realized I have sacrificed many of my favorite things to be lazy and fat. Perhaps someone else here can relate.
Today I rode 10.5 miles on a soft, rainsoaked limestone chat railroad bed. It was a good ride, but my expectations are high. I feel the power of muscle memory kicking in and accidentally overdo it. I feel the wind in my face and push until anaroebic lockup from lactic acid in my legs is way too near. My heart rate hovers within 5 bpm of the "220-your age" wisdom of my memory.
That was hours ago, and I feel pretty darned good right now. I know this may be a long road ahead as I strive to lose at least another 30 pounds. I found this forum and ask for your support and advice in this quest. I know machinery has improved greatly, but my budget prohibits anything but clothing at this time. So I am suited up and ready to ride...shooting to get on my 12 speed, shimano 105 equipped 21 pound road bike before the end of the summer (that's how old my stuff is...$600 dollar bike new). I will be soaking up posts here to see how the rest of the over 50 crowd is doing this. It's quite hard...really, It seems hard to me...but I can feel the past coming back as I ride. I look forward to the day when the whole ride seems like fun again.
Thanks for reading.