I was an avid cyclist 15 years ago, and due to circumstances (a partner who couldn’t ride anymore due to an injury, too much work, yada yada) I dropped out and became an overweight, out of shape couch spud.
I recently got diagnosed with diabetes as the final straw to this sedentary lifestyle, and since I am from a family of people that have died from this, it finally woke me up.
Now that I am retired (i am 55) I have the time that I didn’t in my 40’s to spend on a bike like I did when I was a kid. It’s a dream thats accessible finally.
Picked up a Tacx Neo 2T trainer, and dusted off the old 2006 Cannondale Cyclocross disc and have been spinning in Fulgaz. My Fulgaz FTP was a whopping 69! But, I was happy to have made it through it.
Unfortunately, i had no concept how much it could hurt being out of shape. I am doing yoga before and after and yet I am waking up in the middle of the night with a new muscle group screaming in pain every night for the last week. I use a heating pad and a tens unit to get me back again.
To lose weight (I was at 258 when I started and now at 246) I am intermittent 16/8 fasting and keeping my calories under 2k a day which seems to be working.
I read that I should keep spinning even when sore for best recovery. I am spending a lot of time doing core yoga postures to help.
I am hoping for any recommendations, reading, or even a “hey! It will get better!”. I am so looking forward to being able to jump into Sufferfest workouts, and eventually ride my mountains again.