Wow, odd to be back on this forum, but thought that I may find some motivation. Completed California King of the Mountains in 2007. After that, I had a list of excuses: just got engaged, wedding planning, work, burned out, etc. After my wedding in 2008, I bought a new Kestrel and had all intentions of getting back in that saddle, but it lasted two days. Now, 40 pounds heavier, and feeling much older than my 34 years, I have to get back on because it was my best health and stress tool and I miss it.
Has anyone gone through this? It is a mental block that I was at the top of my game two long years ago and now I am heavier and cannot climb those So Cal mountains like I used to at my willing. Any advice would be great and much appreciated.
Just go ride. I've started fresh as a lardass half a dozen times--I tend to ride for a couple of years, then take a year off, with good intentions every day. I'll gain 30 or 40 pounds, slow down, huff and puff and finally get disgusted and start riding again. When I do, I enjoy it so much I always wonder why I stopped.
Two specific suggestions: start slow, rather than beating yourself to death. Stop while you still want more, at least at first. And consider lowering your gearing. Thirty years ago i scoffed at anybody with more than about 18 teeth on their freewheels. Now I run a 46-36-24 triple with a 13-28 cassette, and I use it all.