I took up this great sport 2 years after my bypass surgery which was 9 years ago on Aug 18th. Since that time I have worked on improving my health thru riding ability and equipment. Last year I logged just over 4,000 miles.
Now to celebrate my birthday every year, I ride a century - today was the 6th in a row. I left my house at 4:30 AM (with headlights & taillights) with a riding buddy of mine that just happened to have the same birthday (only he is much younger.....2 years). We live in the Norhthern suburbs and rode into Dallas to Whiterock Lake Park. It is a great place to ride with smooth roads, restrooms and shade to take breaks. My wife came down in the car with food and drink for us so we managed to refuel every couple of laps.
The wind was up and slowed us down considerably - also my thermometer registered 101 degrees. I thought I was going to run out of gas at about 75 miles but my buddy let me draft on him and we ended up with a tailwind coming back to the barn.
We totaled 102.1 miles, 6:57 saddle time and just under 8 hours from start to finish.
All in all, it was a great ride and I'm kinda proud to be finally eligidable for medicare and still be able to ride a century.
Hope I can keep it up for a few more years - although I'm hearing "On Your Left" a lot more than I used to.