Hi,Im 31 years of age,female,considerably overweight and pretty unfit(on the upside I quit smoking and still have all my own teeth) I used to cycle a lot in my late teens and worked in a bike shop but in the past 10 years or so Ive kept up my love of cycling via my TV,armchair and cycling magazines.A year ago I had a gorgeous road bike built for me by Ribble which Ive been using for general trips to the bank,shops etc and have lavished much care and attention on although not put many miles into yet. What Im wanting to know is if at my age and level of fitness there is hope for me to get in shape and participate as fully as possible in actual hands-on(or should that be bum -on?)cycling such as joining a road club,maybe doing some audax etc? I have a lot of free time and want to treat the upcoming new year as a new beginning.Any stories of personal experience would be much appreciated. Im the kind of person that can never do anything by halves and suspect that once I get fit I'll be wanting to race next....erk!