Having read the forum for several months, I was recently inclined to post an answer to a question posed by another forum member. As a result, I was asked by the forum admin to post a short introduction here.
I am 67 1/2 ( yes, at this age the 1/2 counts). For years I was a very competitive age group long distance runner. Arthritis and spinal canal stenosis, resulting in surgery, ended my running career.
However, because of the interests of my local club, I had been participating in triathalons and duathalons, thus, had a mid-range bike ( Trek 1500 ) and had trained some on the bike. Shortly after surgery, I decided to switch to the bike. The RB, with 700-23 tires at 125lbs pressure was beating my back up. So I bought a fat tire Cannondale. After recovery, I now ride both and get in 150-200 miles per week. I am doing the 181 mi MS 150 from Houston to Austin on Apr 16-17, and a 66 mi warm-up ride tomorrow. Because the Trek fits me perfectly, I decided to upgrade the existing Ultegra down tube shifters to full 9speed STI. This involved a new rear axle, cassette as well as shifters. With 3000 mi now under my belt, and the realization that I will not really ever use the 53- 12,13 14 combination, but might really like some additional mechanical advantage on steep hills, I am awaiting a 50-34 compact crank setup. I view it as the ultimate realization of my ole fartness.
As I am retiring in 2 months I intend to spend lots of time on the bikes.
While my last several years have been largely administrative in a Health Science Center, my basic training is in medical physiology with an emphasis on the cardiovascular system.
I having enjoyed blending my information base in heart and blood vessels physiology and control with my passion for endurance sports.
I have learned much from lurking on the forum and hope in some small way to repay the members by responding to questions in fields in which I have some background.