recently, i have been ill with a bizarre intestinal ailment that left me without substantial food for 5 days. during this period i obviously have been unable to perform daily tasks let alone ride. My weight went from 188 to 176. (i haven't been at 176 since fresh/high school)
so i went out today on my usual route not expecting much. well, right out of the gate i felt strong. i did this undulating, wavy road circuit (35 miles in all, replete with some narrow shoulders, some stops and some gravel/dump trucks breezing me)...anyway, i did it avg'ing 19.4 mph.
it was magical. i was ready to turn back after a small 12 mile loop if i didn't feel up to it. not alot of wind, etc. pushing 12 less pounds up those little but many hills was nice. i reached for another gear.....and it was there!!