Did the Tour de Rocky Top in Knoxville, TN today. I selected the 51 mile ride but ended up doing 54 as I followed a rider on the last leg in rather than watching the road markers.
My first long ride in a year as I didn't have much energy last spring and summer. Found out why in August as it turned out I had cancer on my tonsil and lymph node. After chemotherapy and radiation I was found cancer free in Feb. and my doctor gave me the go-ahead to begin exercising in March. Been working out in the gym and riding on the weekends. I lost all my muscle mass during the illness and am working to get it back. At age 56 I weigh less than I did as a senior in high school.
My legs hurt on the uphill after mile 40 and there is lots of uphill riding in East Tennessee. But did it fell great, pain and all. So thankful to be riding again.