Having continued to keep things easy all week, my calf felt much better and this pesky cold, although lingering, seems to be fading. So, I decided that last night I would attempt a time trial around the Ryton loop, just to see how much fitness I had actually lost over the last few weeks.
The loop is 2.1 miles around Ryton and the last time I tried it was in January, clocking 12.28. Last nights attempt took a lot more effort than I would normally expect and I clocked 13.18. So at least I now know where I stand.
The plan now, then, is to gradually build up over the next three weeks to a point where hopefully I am in a position to at least put in a reasonable race performance in April.