Just noticed that you two live in Knoxville and ride together. I'm just getting back into cycling (read: I'm overweight and out of shape) and live less than 2 hours from Knoxville in the north Atlanta area.
How are the trails up your way? I'd certainly make the drive up for a good ride on a weekend if you guys have some good trails and are looking for folks to ride with. I haven't been on the dirt in 10 years so I need something relatively sane