After having had my knee surgery and having not ridden a bike for 8 months, I thought I'd take cycling easy and build up slowly. I've ridden four times in the last 4 weeks, I'd got up to 20 miles when my boss tells me that I can longer have a company car so it goes back on 13th Jan. So I've bitten the bullet and cycled 23 mile to work this morning, it used to take take 1hr 20 mins back in March when I was fit, it took me nearly 2 hours today . I was going to cycle 6 miles to the station to get the train home but I thought "sod it" and carried on, 23 miles and 1 hr 51mins later I got home. It'll hurt tomorrow (but at least my knee held up) Oh and I got overtaken by a guy on a mountain bike, he sat on my wheel for 3 or 4 miles then came sailing by as we went up a hill out of Leeds. I had my "not cycled for 8 months" excuse waiting I know its not clever and I should take it easy and build up slowly but I figure I may as well get it out the way and suffer for a few weeks especially as I won't have a car soon. ( My missus uses our family car) I won't cycle every day to start with, maybe twice a week, I also figure that if I start in winter then summer wont be as bad,just a whole lot wetter ! How have other people built up their commuting distance ?