As I write this post I'm sat on my sofa after having cycled 100km with James this morning through the beautiful Essex countryside. There aren't many more satisfying feelings than arriving home after a good ride, getting showered, having lunch, then flopping on the sofa to enjoy a couple of hours of live coverage of the Giro d'Italia courtesy of Eurosport. Perfect!
James and I managed a fairly leisurely average speed of 27kmh through rolling hills, picturesque villages and short sharp ascents. The wind gusted from all directions making for some very noisy conversation as we attempted to shout to each other over the sound of the wind.
Although there were some very threatening dark clouds above, the rain held off with the sun managing to make a number of decent appearances.
My legs felt pretty good, it wasn't quite a Lance Armstrong no chain on the bike situation, but there is certainly a fairly descent base level of condition in my legs.
On the subject of the weather and Armstrong I noticed on his twitter that he was complaining about having to finish yesterday's stage with a descent in the rain. He said:
"Done with st 7. I've seen it all now. 25 mile fast decent to the finish. In the pissing rain. Makes no sense. The boys in the bunch are livid"
I can understand Armstrong being a bit nervous about descending fast in the rain because of the broken collarbone he sustained a few weeks back. Many pro's have to try to overcome the fear of high speed descending after returning to racing following recovery from a crash.
However, I have to agree with David Harmon's sentiments from Eurosport when he says it's a bit rich of Armstrong to complain about being made to descend in the rain. After all it's the same for everyone. Does he expect the organises to re-route every mountain stage whenever it rains just so he doesn't have to risk descending in the wet? You know how the saying goes, If you can't take the heat, get out of the kitchen.
Now, back to the Giro on Eurosport with David Harmon and Sean Kelly.