Greetings one and all. I'll see if I can nutshell it for you.
60 year old male. Used to smoke 2 1/2 packs a day and pretty much was a couch potato.
Quit smoking 26 1/2 months ago on more or less of a whim. Sister quit so I couldn't be out done. Additionally, I was living in fear of the day that they were going to tell me I had to quit or die. I knew I wouldn't be able to handle the pressure between trying to quit and having to quit which meant I probably couldn't have quit and so would have had to die. Seemed logical to me.
Started exercising almost the day I quit. Lasted about 5 minutes each day the first week and thought I was going to die (sems I think about dying a lot). Worked it up to a half an hour after about 9 months and then thought it would be nice to drag out the old bike and do a Little riding on top of the 1/2 hour. Long story short, the rides started lasting longer than the exercising and although I'm no long haul biker, I still exercise (or try to exercise) 4 times a week and am proud of the 20 milers I have been able to muster this season.
I like camping with my travel trailer (got over the tent thing a number of years ago) and now find myself planning trips around biking opportunities.
I plan on joining the 50+ forum and look forward to picking up any tips/tricks or other information to make my biking more fun.
I love the fact that biking is a personal challenge. It fits right with my personality, not very sociable and doen't do small talk well. However, since I quit smoking (smoked 44 years) I seem to "want" to try to be more sociable and so hope to get a little more educated about biking so I can maybe have something to talk about with some degree of credibility/interest when I finally get the courage to do one of those biking tour events for charity or something.
Guess that's about it. Thanks for having this site and I look forward to getting to know you (as long as I don't have to met you face to face and deal with those awkward moments of silence)