Our expert says:
The best advice I can give you is to find someone who is willing to train with you, who is starting out themselves. The biggest danger for you now is that your mind remembers what it used to feel like when you were very fit, but your body has forgotten. The result is that you'll overdo it, it is almost guaranteed because you'll naturally want to return to where you were! That happens to everyone. So, best thing you can do is find a friend who is starting out and doesn't have that same problem of "memory" and then 'use' them (in a nice way) to pace yourself back into action!
If you get that right, then within 2 months (and I really would give it this long), you'll be fit enough to start off where you left off last year. But I think it's vital that you spend 2 months just easing in - better to be patient now than injured by October!
I hope this helps, you'll find it comes back quickly, and you know what to do, so you know where you're headed. It's just a question of not trying to get there too fast!
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