I went out today for the first time since early November and my legs felt like lead. I did my usual loops of Prospect Park, where by mid-summer I was doing 20+mph average, and today I couldn't get the bike past 17 on the flats, never mind on the little hill. I had to use the small ring to get up, where I never used to leave the big ring in the park, in fact I almost never use the small 36t ring except on big climbs. A few guys came zipping past and I tried to jump with them but I couldn't hold it like I always did.
At 52 I'm starting to doubt my ability to get back into shape, but I know I felt the same way last year and was ready to race by early summer. But it isn't getting any easier. I'm going to have to stay on the trainer through the rest of the winter, since the weather won't cooperate.
I'm also taking a compu-trainer class that I started this week and didn't feel like I was doing any worse than anyone else, and I easily had 20 years on the entire group. I think the next youngest was 31.
How does everyone else feel when they ride after a break?