I am 25, and want to ride again. I started at age 11, 14 years ago this march..... with a trek 1000. Put 2300 miles on it my first year. I got in really good shape by age 15, and really enjoyed riding. I rode 5-7 days a week until the age of 18. I raced six local road races and 4 mtn races..... I developed a few health problems and moved away for two years to sort them out. I started riding again when I moved back to Chattanooga at age 20 (5 years ago....) and almost got back to my original speeds and performance. I was averaging 170 miles a week (19.2 mph) up until two years ago when my business took off and I tapered off. I have a beautiful two year old orbea onix and very nice carbon trek mtn bike.... just hanging here. I would love to get back into race shape, but just feel so weak. I am 6 '2" tall and my race weight is 165lbs. I was at 188lbs last year until I contracted lead poisoning and dropped down to 154lbs. So weight isn't the problem..... just weakness. I am addicted to caffeine, about 300mgs a day. I work 50 hour weeks to run my business..... but WILL make time to cycle. When I was younger I would have just got back on the damned bike,..... but it just seams so difficult to even think about. All I know is lead poising will bring you to your knees..... and the only way I feel I will get back to normal is to get into race shape.
Sorry to ramble and thank you for your input.