I can tell you it was completely unexpected. With the weather we have had recently I looked at the forecast last night and providing it was correct-I could get a ride in today. Wasn't going to be that warm- only about 36F but no rain and minimal wind. So 10 am and I got changed into the riding gear with the extras of the Assos Winter jacket and the tights. Haven't used either so far this year but it wasn't too warm. Took the ski mask with me aswell but in the back pocket.
Decided on a gentle ride to see how the legs and lungs had fared after the enforced break I have had. Must be a month since I had done a ride in excess of 15 miles and subject to how I felt- this was going to be longer. Well the legs are OK but the lungs still need a bit of clearing out.--------Or do they? For the first part of the ride down to the coast I managed to put pressure on the legs but kept cadence down just a bit to save the lungs. Hills were taken with a bit in reserve but seemed to be faster and at least one gear higher than normal. 10 miles later and coffee time but in not too bad a time considering how I was saving myself. Ride back home and instead of going home- extended up the MUP to add an extra 10 miles.
So 30 miles done and Although I thought the ride was done gently-It was done at an average of 14mph so is on par with this sort of ride over this terrain. Lungs did improve a bit but they do need some work on them before tackling the steep hilly rides.
But the unexpected thing I saw on the ride?--It is in the top left hand corner of the pic. It wasn't forecast and as rain is forecast for the next week- I may not see it again before christmas.
So it looks as though it won't take too long for me to get back into shape for those gruelling Pie rides my mates have planned over their Xmas break.