Five months after surgery. On the bike, I have my short-range speed back (such as it is), but the endurance is not there yet. I can do my 12.3 mile hilly time-trial course in about the same time as last year (46 minutes). However, last year at this time I had done a couple of full centuries with little problem. One of them (the Cherohala Challenge) has some serious climbing. Yesterday, I struggled to finish a 60-mile ride at a relaxed pace (the heat and humidity [mid-90’s, dewpoint 73 or so] did not help any– I really miss the low humidity of the west). I still hope to be able to do a full century this fall.
Overall, my energy level if better than pre-surgery, and I can recover more quickly day-to-day. Utility riding is getting easier, and 100-mile weeks are no problem. I don’t know if this is real, but it seems like minor injuries (cuts and scrapes) heal more quickly than before, and I just feel generally more healthy.