Had a couple of weeks off from riding under medical advice...
Before the time off I'd been riding a couple of times a week over the winter but nothing rad to the power of last summer and definitely not at the same fitness level. It's almost as if I could feel certain skills slipping away with each ride. My confidence was knocked a little on each journey, whether it was due to my back, stumbling through the singletrack with the grace of a angry fundamentalist swan or just generally being crap... the result of decreasing skills over a few weeks was a silly crash that forced my time off the bike.
However yesterday everything felt rather sexy, I felt confident on the bike, I felt "in the zone" for most of the ride and didnt think twice about the tracks in front of me. Could it be the time off thats helped or could it have been that my focus was on the event rather than my own riding?
There must have been many things influencing my riding yesterday and there's a big chance if I had been in a different speed group I would've come home feeling rubbish about my riding... however I can't help but feel the 2 weeks off have reminded me how much I love just being out there on a bike with friends, by re-focusing my mind on the social side I think it might have opened the door for my mojo to creep back in.
Anyone else found this after some time off?