I began my "serious" riding in 2003, after the kids had left the nest and I had more time to ride. I bought my first recumbent in April, 2005 and have not slowed down. In December, 2010, I was layed off after a corporate merger. I took that opportunity and the severance package to retire.
Since then, I have tried to ride four days a week. In December, 2009, I bought my first high racer, a Corsa 650c. In February, 2013 I bought a CA2.0.
I have raced a couple of 12 hour races and look forward to racing more of them.
In October, 2015, I rode in the inaugural Natchez Trace 444 event. This was my first night ultra event beginning at 6:20pm Oct 2. It was also my first ultra event in the rain - for the first 4 hours or so. I developed chest congestion and coughing up phlegm which eventually became bad enough that I withdrew after 300 miles. It was an inauspicious start to more than 12 hour ultras.
After 18 months of struggling at higher heart rates, on April 10, 2018, I had a double coronary artery bypass surgery. I was lucky that I caught it before it was more serious. My cardiologist told me I was very lucky, I would not have survived a heart attack based on the location of the blockage. I will be off the bike for recovery until June, 2018. UMCA Member