I would presume that the OP had some sort of idea of tempo aspects if he can play the notes when not resting?
What you wrote reminds me of the mother of a member of the Cambridge rowing team who consoled her son after Oxford had won the race by saying how much faster than his team he had been rowing. --bumblebee
Whether it be to synchronize one's oar with the rest of the crew or blend the music in time/tempo with other players, such is difficult to attain the experience by themselves ... it's next to impossible. You're right, it does nothing to read or tell about it ... you've got to do it time and time again, rehearsing together with the other players until you've all got it right as thereafter it proceeds as if by instinct. Too, I'll not deny having been guilty of being both early and late resuming my playing following a rest, and I've been frustrated listening to many others likewise. "Stop" is the baton signal, and "Take it again at ..." is the conductor's command.