Got up before the Sun and started my ride several minutes before sunrise(very cloudy anyway). Wanted to get in 34 miles and have plenty of time to be back before my physical at 11AM. Also wanted to ride with the least chance of getting caught in the rain. Managed to miss all but a few drops of rain, but did have a lot of mist and fog at one point. My time was okay but not as nice as it was yesterday during the first part of Tuesday's ride(windier today)--still managed 17 mph overall average today. Was glad I did start really early as the roads stayed quite wet and getting back before 8AM gave me plenty of time to wipe down the bike, wipe down the chain, gears, derailleurs, and re-lube the chain.
Anyway, blood work, which I got done last week before the physical, was fantastic. My HbA1c measured 5.4(I'm type II diabetic) which is excellent for someone with diabetes(this is down from Nov. '11, 5.5 or 5.6). He's telling me to stop one of my 3 diabetic meds, glimepiride, and see how my blood sugar goes--if it seems to be higher than I like, I can start it again, but stopping this will keep afternoon hypoglycemia at bay. My cholesterol was even better than last November and that was already doing well. Last November the doc took me off Niaspan and he is now considering changing my other cholesterol med to a less aggressive one--will wait until November's blood work. Blood pressure is down from last time(it was good last time, even better now) and my HR was 58 this morning even though I had a caffeinated drink earlier in the morning.
I know that the weight loss is a significant factor, but the cycling is a major factor.
To anyone new here starting out in cycling, cycling is a great way to improve your health and quality of life. I just wish I had done this years earlier.