I used to ride at least 100 miles per week year round. I rode a Paramount steel frame with Dura Ace components and tubular tires. As with many others, I let my job become my life and eventually stopped cycling altogether. I got fat, out of shape and my age caught up with me. I have recently returned. I am 57 now and am once again enjoying all the amazing feelings of cycling. On my first ride after ten years, I literally thought I was having a heart attack on a slight hill that I used to ignore. It scared me so badly that I didn't ride again for a year. I tried running but my muscles ached and I had to walk. I talked to my Doctor and decided to get off the statin drugs I had taken for many years.
I started jogging and doing light weight training. I found I could only go about three minutes without stopping to walk but I kept at it. I slowly began to regain some fitness and within a few months, I could run 30-45 minutes without any trouble. Finally about two months ago, I got my bike out, pumped the tires and hit the road. It was hard even though I had lost weight and became reasonably fit for running. I quickly noticed that each ride, I felt a little stronger, went a little faster, and rode a little longer. I am certainly not ready for a century yet but I am feeling great about my improvement after just a few weeks.
I was addicted to cycling once and I believe that is happening again. It truly feels,great riding and nothing compares to the feeling when I am relaxing after a hard ride. Anyway, I just wanted to say hello and introduce myself. PJ from SC.