I'm a new road cyclist, or rather, one who is looking forward to getting into this sport/activity. Like a lot of folks, I road bikes as a kid. I've always been active, with basketball till about 35, lifting weights till about 45, coaching a lot of kid ball for the past 2 decades, and the last 10 years of a little running (I always hated running unless it was after a basketball). Now at 51 years old, my body tells me that it's time for a change, so I've decided to take up road cycling. I've read a lot in the last several months, and I'm convinced of the benefits of a trip to my LBS to select some quality equipment (carbon frame, etc..). My plan is to ride 2-3 times a week when the weather is good in Atlanta, and sprinkle in some running and light weights. I'll end up working out 3-4 times a week in total.
So with that, what are reasonable expectations? Can I expect to be able to do a 50 mile ride within 12 months? How about a 100 mile ride? Any other insights or experiences to share would be great.