Six weeks ago I was severely injured in a serious bike crash, with lots of broken ribs, a broken clavicle, and internal injuries. I'm back on my bike this week, taking it easy. Though my upper body is the limiting factor this week, my legs and wind are much weaker than they were after six weeks off the bike. How long to get back what I had?
Context: I was about 2 miles into a 60 mile ride with 4000 foot of altitude gain, which I estimated would take me about 9 hours to finish including all stops, when I crashed. It had taken two years to get to that level of fitness, starting from close to completely sedentary. On Saturday, I rode 12 flat miles, and today I rode 20 miles with just a few mild hills and some very strong headwinds. It took me about 50% longer to do today's ride than it would have taken before the crash.