No surprise there then.
A bit of a hiatus there demonstrating the unevenness of the work / ride balance during the busy summer months.
I have been out on the bike, not much admittedly but some, I even did a couple of rides on the road bike.
This is one of the problems with XC riding; when you take a break from it, for whatever reason, it is tough to regain the fitness and that takes some willpower to get through.
The heat here rules out setting out after 8 am or before 3.30 pm so you really have to be organised to make it happen.
Guess I'd better pull the finger out, bite the bullet, take the plunge or whateverrrrrrrr.