I did my power test Wednesday morning before work. Since my coach is part of Carmichael Training Systems (CTS), I did the CTS field test of two eight minute TTs separated by an easy spin from the end back to the start point. The first one pretty well; I almost matched the output of the last one I had done. The second one was pretty ugly; the power was down 11% from the first one while the HR was down four bpm, and it felt like the proverbial "pedaling through wet concrete." My coach noted that buffering capacity and top end are the first things to go. My FTP was adjusted downward six watts. It's better than I expected after a six week layoff.
Did the team ride last night in lieu of a solo ride this morning. I had a couple of goals - I wanted to see how I'd feel in a group, and I wanted to see how I felt at speed. I was surprised that I felt comfortable with both, almost like I hadn't been away. I stayed with them for about five minutes once the speed hit the mid-20s and then pulled off and completed the ride at endurance pace. It was good to be back.
I've been working at the LBS pretty steadily. I've been a cube rat for most of my recent career, and I was surprised to re-discover how much standing on my feet all day tires me.