Hi there, new guy here. Just signed up but I've been reading for a bit and trying to soak it in.
I haven't ridden in quite a while and when I did it was on a 20" Vert bike. I just quit smoking (again...I smoked ~6-7 cigs a day) and am trying to get in shape. I'm 5'11 ~140 lbs 28 and, while I'm active at work, I haven't really done any cardio type stuff in a long time. I just got an '07 Trek FX 7.3. Had it adjusted to me and it fits really nice.
I got it home and took it on ~3 mile ride. I was going relatively hard/fast (until the end...) but I'm just in poor shape. My legs were feeling it pretty bad by the time I got in site of my house again. I felt great after a few minutes of rest and a snack. My back is a bit tight, but I didn't stretch at all (too excited and then tired to think of it). Any tips on the best way to build up my endurance (ride everyday, every other day harder etc.)? My goal is to use this as a commuting bike (~10 miles each way) and even to be able to ride to the other side of Austin (and a little farther; ~30 miles) in a reasonable amount of time, then back the same day. Ultimately, I would like to all but replace my car with it. the sooner the better. A hefty goal, yes, but there's no reason I can't eventually reach it.
Should i be doing some exercises other than (well, in addition to) riding or just focus on the riding for now? I eat pretty well though I don't always eat enough. Been searching, but most of what I've found has been for losing weight or people trying to improve, but who are already at least fairly fit.
Sorry if this isn't the best place for my post and thanks for any advice.
/feeling lame about my fitness level.
//sorry for length