Went mountain biking for the first time in weeks today. Little bit of a reality check, but still great fun and good for the soul. Climbed Old farm, timed myself for the first time since they re routed part of the trail. 18:41. Considering my best time set last year was mid 15s I've got a goal for sure.
Downhilling and speed comfort has also gone by the wayside. I'm not too worried. I just need to get back to the basics and start workinging again on my drills and get out on the bike more than once every 3 weeks.
Another thing that is an issue that hasn't been in the past is some shoulder fatigue. It's the muscles that you use when you do the chicken dance and flap your elbows out. They are a lot more tired than I've had them in the past. Most probably due to lack of time on the mtb.
Anyway fun fun, nice to get out, nice to carve up a few turns. Motivated to re-improve and enjoy. My new limits are lower than they were in the past but it will be fun to keep pushing slightly at envelope whatever that is.