Did it! My goal is to ride my bike to work again. I used to ride every day, but it's been about a year since I last rode to work. I actually knew something wasn't right with me last year, when the ride I did every day became a whole lot of work. At first I just thought I was getting fat. But there were days where I could hardly take a deep breath.
Anyhow, today, a sunday, I did a test ride. I rode from home to work and back. It was a super slow ride and my legs now feel like jelly. But I was able to breath and completed the ride. Hot damn!