In many ways, January is a re-start to my cycling efforts. November was this intensive month of new milestones for me in my distance and frequency, all culminating in my first big race at the end of November (yes, someday soon I'll quit talking about it!). Then, December was basically a time for me to do some casual rides with friends, avoid the colder weather outside and restore some balance by spending time with family. All of that equalled "no training miles" in December.
I have been feeling it on my rides this month, until today. I rode 20 miles in 90 minutes (a "low-to-medium" distance for me), but I can feel my speed and strength coming back to where I was in November. Only now, I am riding more miles than I did then (per week). The year is starting off well. Better food choices, more miles on the bike and a detailed plan for the year with supporters (who are watching).