It doesn't look like this forum gets a lot of attention but I feel compelled to post something here. OK, I actually got a very courteous email from the admin begging me to tell the entire community about myself and my lack of fitness. I'll keep it brief.
32 years old, SSgt in the Air Force, smoked for 17 years, quit on 4/20/2010, bought a Scattante '10 CFR race (italian for "poop-cycle", not to be confused with "poop-sicle") a week later, riding a 100K this weekend www.airforcecyclingclassic.com
I seem to be regaining my aerobic ability rather quickly but I know the gains will be fast initially and then taper off. I'm riding about 100-130 miles a week right now and would like to do more but time is a factor as I'm a full time electrical engineering student. My rides are typically between 30 and 40 miles, take between 2:00:00 and 2:25:00 on moderately hilly terrain and I average about 175-180 bpm on my polar. Pretty basic stuff for right now.
In typical nerd fashion I have armed myself with an arsenal of books on the subject of cycling and I'm eager to get my basic conditioning up to where I can start testing myself, tracking some metrics and upping the quality and intensity of my miles.