After about a two year layoff, I began riding again at the beginning of July. I'm not riding as much as I intend to, but various issues are preventing me from adopting a regular schedule. That should change by the end of the month. I've had to write off the entire season, but will focus on my fall and winter regimen instead.
Anyway, while riding over the Labor Day weekend I couldn't help but notice how slow I am! I mean really slow! I was struggling to maintain 15 miles per hour on flat terrain! In the two months I've been riding, I hadn't noticed it before. It's not that I'd been riding faster, but there was always something to which I could attribute the less-than-stellar stats - the wind, a false flat, rolling terrain, etc. Now, however, there are no excuses. I've fitted my bike with a comact crank, so hills are no problem, but my performance on the flats is dissapointing.
I was hoping that one day I would rejoin my compatriots and ride with groups again. Now I'm not so sure. Who would have me. I've never raced, and I've never been the fastest guy on the road, but I could hold my own. I am 58 years old, but if this is what that means, I might as well trade my road bike for a commuter. Please tell me that things will get better!