So, I took my first epic ride today..... well ok, not really epic, but it marks a turning point in my life/lifestyle. I'm 5'8" and 250#. The last time I was on a bike was about 80# ago, and 10 years. I'm 36 years old and on a handfull of meds for cholesterol & Blood Pressure. I really do like this side of the grass. I asked my doctor about cycling and his reply was anything that gets me past the fridge w/o harm, would be great. I only rode 3.6 miles but it was a relatively tough 16 minutes. I need to get some slicks for my mountain bike. I have a beautiful Tri bike that I'm affraid I'll taco the rims on, so I'll probably sell it and get something a little less delicate. (24 spokes vs. 250# doesn't seem fair)
-My goals are to lose 50+#s by spring of '07 & I'd like to complete a sprint triathlon by the end of next summer. That may be a bit lofty of a goal. I don't run or swim as of yet.
Should I keep the tri bike for motivation or sell it? What's an '01 Trek Hilo 1000 w/ <75 miles worth?
So getting to my main question: At this point should I be more concerned with miles or time in the saddle? I know speed means nothing but it made the title of the thread look better.
Thanks in advance for any help or insites, I really do appreciate it.