So, after 3 years of illness and having had an operation last year to cure me by means of disembowelment I got out on the road bike and actually managed a proper ride for the first time in 36 months.
OK, I've done the odd pootle on the mountain bike and the odd local journey on the fixed but have felt like I may die at any moment - no energy, no power in the legs etc.
Today was different - cracked off 20 miles and felt really good the whole way. Felt like I could keep the power on uphill and let rip down and reckon I could have managed another 10 or 20 miles had time permitted.
Having long ago forgotten how good it feels to be out in the countryside, wind in the hair today was a good day!