I haven't been that excited about cycling because where I live is surrounded my fairly steep inclines.
I bought a bike a few years ago when I was about a week into a boot camp and loving exercise but my heart had a little tantrum halfway through the bootcamp (imagine that - smoking 40 a day for 40 years and then exercising hard core 3 hours a day at a residential bootcamp at 50 years old with 20+ stone on me - wussy heart!) . Oh and I halved my heart medication from a previous heart attack and continued to smoke about 10 a day while I was there - because thats what a smart person does at a residential boot camp! Sheesh *smh*
So anyways - the bike has only been used twice since I bought it.
So I decided it was time, threw the rack on the car, attached the bike and drove down to the cycle pathway a couple km's from me, which is a little less challenging than the hills round my house, and went for my first ride yesterday.
Wasn't really sure how to fiddle with the gears and only lasted 15 minutes before an incline with a grade of about 3% did me in
Spent some time later educating myself on the gears and today did about 25 minutes and covered about 4 miles.
What I liked was that about 10 minutes in things seemed to get easier and the endorphins started to flow and from that point I started to quite enjoy the challenge.
The cycleway has some hills and dips and is about 10 k's end to end so once I have mastered that and can get around it at decent speed I will feel a little better about getting out on the road in a couple weeks.
My goal is to eventually ride to and from work - which is about 14 km (9 miles) either way - I think is should be quite doable in the not too distant future
And my knees are happy chappies!