Intro and Senior Games Goals (I had posted this earlier in the 50+ forum)
Hello from Ohio. I am a 66 year old who qualified for next summer's Senior Games in Minneapolis for TT and road racing. Though I have had a nice (bike(s) for my adult life, I am new to cycling competition. I am hoping to get some advice here. The weather will be turning soon, and I will rely on a Saturday morning spinning class populated by tri geeks and serious cylists along with torture on a Computrainer/Trainerroad setup in my basement. Between now and next summer, I will be facing the dreaded race wheel upgrade as my TT bike presently has only decent training wheels. Until the state cycling competition this past summer, I had completed several duathlons per year since 2010. Another feature of my story is that I dropped dead on a tennis court in June 2009 when my heart abruptly stopped during a USTA match. Lucky for me, a cardiologist was subbing in for the other team (I was a sub that evening as well-talk about fate). He did world class cpr for over 12 minutes, assisted by a peds intensivist who had finished playing shortly before, until the fire department rescue squad arrived and shocked me twice to restart my heart. A little while later, I was in a cath lab being analyzed by the same doc who just saved my life. Shortly after midnight, I had a x6 bypass surgery. Within weeks, I discovered Dr. Esselstyn's plant-based approach to cardiac disease reversal. Despite the fact that two of the grafts were failed from the start, the diet has enabled me to train myself back to a competitive state for my age group. I split my time between teaching at the local university and pitching in to care for two young grandchildren. I have seen many interesting threads on this forum and look forward to sharing training ideas and gaining insight from others. Click image for larger version.