Hi everyone, I'm a new member here and also new to cycling (three weeks in). I'm 35 and after three years of pretty much total inactivity I've decided to lose the extra two stone I'm carrying around and raise my fitness levels at least to the point where I don't get chest pains reaching for the TV remote. As a total newbie (my last bike was a bmx 20 years ago), I'm wondering what kind of rate of progression I should be seeing or aiming for. Today I completed a 24 mile circuit, mainly country road and some smooth track, odds and sods of uphill but nothing serious. It took me in total about 2.5 hours and I'm completely knackered after it. Two days ago I did 13 miles and a few days before that I did a 12 mile circular around Hamsterly Forrest (Blue route), my first ride was 7 miles or so. To me this is progress, although I'm not happy about either my pace or the fact that I had to stop a few times to recover. I feel this will come as I get more miles under my belt. I guess my initial question is where should I be at right now. 35 years old, 17 stone, defintely out of shape but determined and riding a MTB. What sort of time (or average speed) would be an average over say a 20 mile principally road route? Given a starting target time, what sort of progression should I look for over the next couple of months riding 3 or more times a week? I'm using a mountain bike with nobbly tyres, I considered a road bike but a mate is trying to get me into trail riding. I've got a fair number of questions backed up, but I'm going to use the search function first to see if I can get any answers. Thanks John.