Well I did the TNR last night, and survived!
It's been over two weeks since I was on the bike, longer since I've done anything consistent, and longer yet for having done a TNR.
The wind was out of the N/NW, my least favorite way for a group ride. Getting out of town usually sucks. Plus we end up doing a similar route which include the rollers into and out of Holdingford...these kill me. Last night was no different!
I did some pulls and felt ok. Once we hit the rollers I started to get a pretty good side ache. That coupled with my fitness and I got dropped by the group of four up front. We started with 8. Ended with 4.
The group waited for me in Holdingford and I was able to stick with them for the remainder of the ride. Guessing the pace eased up some but I was happy nonetheless. I was tired at the end and ready to be done but was happy how I felt overall. Another week or so and I should be back to where I was. It's always odd to be how crappy and out of shape I feel after time off. But after a few days of being back at it that tends to disappear.
I'm super stoked for this Sunday's gravel ride. So far I think we have 8-10 riders! 100 miles of gravel...a good tune up for Inspiration. Give me a shoot if interested.