Monday was a rest day at the Tour, so I rested by riding 35 minutes with very little resistance at VeloSF. I had a RAMP test scheduled for Tuesday and when Kate, the coach who would administer the test, saw me, she asked sternly: "You're going to take it easy today?" One should be well-rested for these tests. I responded by pointing to my power meter, which read puny 70 watts. She nodded approvingly.
And Tuesday was test day. I spent 50 minutes on the bike between the warm-up, the test, and cool down. I expected ... well, I'm not sure what I expected. I feared a 20% loss of fitness and hoped for 10%. As with most things, results were a dose of good news-bad news. Good news was the test went surprisingly well -- much better than I expected. My Zone 5 starts at 260 watts, just 10 watts (4%) below where it was before I got hurt. My theory about this is that I was initially tested two weeks after I started riding at VeloSF. I became stronger in the ensuing three months. I intended to have the test done after Solvang Double, but we know what happened to those plans. As a result of the injury, I lost fitness but only back to where just a little below where I'd been in January. So, definitely good news.
Bad news is that I'm going to have to start riding harder in classes :-).
Other bad news is that I appear to have given myself a stress fracture at the base of two of my toes from walking weirdly and too much. Good news is that it shouldn't affect my riding.