A series of medical problems have kept me off the bike for a year. A couple of weeks ago, I started riding around the neighborhood, just 5-10 minutes at a time,to get my balance and confidence back. Our neighborhood is on a former island in an old river valley, so the land drops off in every direction. I've stayed on the top, because I was afraid I couldn't climb back up.
Yesterday I said Screw It and headed out on the shortest of my old loops, about eight miles with some climbing. Slow, wobbly, small chainring...but I'm BACK!
Getting there, anyway.