Well, I finally got my bike. It's a beautiful Colnago (shameless bragging), and I absolutely love it. I picked it up from the LBS yesterday, but by the time I got home, it was too dark to ride.
Today, after work I went for a little spin around the neighborhood. This was my first time on a bike in about 7 years (for my story, see my introduction here:Hello from flat Florida).
I felt strong prior to getting back on the bike, but I was in for a real shocker. I didn't go very far, or very fast, but my averave speed was around 16 MPH, with a peak of 30 MPH in an impromptu sprint. As far as I'm concerned, that aint too shabby for a guy who hasn't ridden once in the last 7 years, and just went through cancer, including chemo and radiation.
To top it all off, my max HR tonight was 195, and I wasn't even pushing it. The old 220 minus age figure had me maxed out at 191, so I guess I'm testament as to how wrong that figure can be.
The only thing I really sucked at tonight was my bike handling. I was all over the place, so I'll need to work on that. Otherwise, I totally surprised myself, and I'm totally psyched to get back into racing. Now if I could just find the time to train...