and I can't believe how much of my fitness I lost.
Because of work schedule and a bad cold I stopped riding for about 5 weeks. Before that I'd been in my best shape for years. But after a month, my butt hurts again, my speed and cadence is down, and I struggled on hill climbing.
The good news: my aerobic endurance did not decline (I was not out of breath when riding) and my overall strength and endurance is still far better than when I started riding about 15 months ago.
But still I was shocked at how much I lost in a month, and I'm not looking forward to a winter layoff and a spring re-training.