After about 6 months off the bike due to an injured foot (stress fracture and inflamed joint) I attempted my first ride of the year today. Kasia and I did a short, gentle, slow ride around the neighborhood -- less than 9 miles in about 1 hour. Not exactly a blistering pace.
The good news: The foot seems to be OK. Time will tell, of course, but for now it feels great.
The bad news: Where did my endurance go? And when did the hills around our neighborhood grow? They must be twice as long and steep as they were last year.
Oh well, one baby step at at time...