Hello everyone. I started cycling at the beginning of last summer. By the start of fall I was riding 50-75 miles per ride and doing so at a decent pace. Unfortunately I quit riding because of being busy in college and went over 6 months without riding. I also went from 180lbs to 230lbs :-( . The good news, though, is that I started riding again about 3 weeks ago and I've already gotten down to 200lbs (as of this morning woohoo) and doing about 40 miles in a ride. My goal is to get to 170-175 (i don't think i can go lower because i have a lot of upper body muscle and broad shoulders, but i could be wrong). I did a crit last wednesday and averaged 17 MPH over 40 minutes. What killed me was a hill that I had to ride that was about a 9 grade i think and the course was relatively short so I hit it a LOT of times lol. Anyways, my goal is to finish with the pack in cat 5 and to move up to cat 4 this year and finish with either the main pack or the second pack by the end of this year and then next year to work on moving into cat 3. Are these reasonable goals? Are these goals too easy and I should make them harder? Advice on how to get there? I truly LOVE cycling and I'm willing to put in as many hours a week as it takes. This week I've switched to a vegetables and fruits diet with some nuts and chicken as well.
Thanks for your help, I can't wait for the replies