Now these are not the usual, shirt off, wearing shorts, before pictures - I'm reserving those shot for a true before and after comparison, but these are shots showing where I am at right now. I didn't intentionally have the flash obscure me, but what the heck - it seems like a cool effect:
This is my starting point and I hope the last time I will ever be this big.
On a different note, it looks like I am going to get pretty decent at climbing on my bike. It seems that the new area of the valley I moved to is not flat. At all. I was driving around the last few days noticing that there is literally no road within 3 or 4 miles that is not on a grade of 2% to 8%. Time to make sure the bike is shifting correctly and get out and use those gears! Watch for some more posts showing the new riding area.