So... for about 3 weeks prior to Mille Lacs I was off my bike more than on it because of all those wheel issues. Then I went on a few short rides right before the big one, and felt great, felt strong, felt confident. Went up to MN and did 35 miles, which was HARD, and I wasn't fast, but I did it.
I got home on Tuesday, didn't really feel like riding, took a couple days off, then went for a short ride on Friday. I had NOTHING. No energy, couldn't go fast, heart rate was elevated quickly, etc. I hadn't eaten for about 6-7 hours before the ride, so I thought maybe that was the problem. But it didn't exactly make me eager to go out again, so no ride Saturday.
I went out today.. and... WTF?? I was properly fed and hydrated, but I was tired after three miles!! I went five, but I could barely maintain 10 mph!! My legs were burning, I was breathing hard, and my knees and wrists and hands hurt!
It's like I've gone back two or three MONTHS in what I can do. I really hope this is temporary, but I fear it isn't, and I'm back at square one. So... I guess there's not much to do but be glad I live in a warm climate, and build up from where I am. Again.