I've been off my bike for a year. In 2011 my wife and I were riding several days a week and doing 12-15 miles each time. Then winter came, then laziness took hold 2012. While watching the TdF I got inspired and yesterday I got the bike out, dusted it off and went for a cruise. I was originally just going to go on a 2 mile ride but after I did the one mile down, I decided heck, I'll do my 4 mile loop. 93 degrees and humid but I was feeling good. At mile two I felt winded and was feeling some cramps. I took a couple minute breather, drank some water then went back on the road. I started off slowly but then picked up the pace. The last mile and a half I was moving at a steady 14mph. I felt really good but a little winded. 4 miles in 20 minutes or an average of 12 mph.
Today I feel good. Slightly sore but I was ready to go out again. Temp again was in the lower 90's but very high humidity so I am giving a rest day and will get back out there tomorrow. Don't want to give myself heat stroke. A buddy of mine who is a very avid cyclist said he will go out with me and help get me back into shape. Even offered to let me try his Bianchi road bike. I also bought my nephew who is 12 a new MTB so I would like to get into shape to take him trail riding.
Now I just have to make sure I continue.