My first competitive event of any description post-crash and my first time trial for 2 years. I always used to do a 27:xx (I was never a good time triallist) and last night managed a 29:xx. Two minutes may not seem very much but it represents only about two-thirds the power. Interestingly my heart rate was just as high and the effort hurt at least as much. My road to recovery and to reinvent myself has a long way to go!
It was a great night for Thames Velo though with a good turnout and 4 riders placing in the top 8, with some cracking times on 'ordinary' bikes.
Yesterday also saw SNCF taking train bookings for the summer. I have tickets from Paris to Lyons for the Marmotte and the sleeper down to Pau for the etape all booked up for July at quite remarkable value. Unfortunately Eurostar's policy towards the carriage of bicycles makes me feel compelled as last year to fly to Paris. An absurd state of affairs that it is so much easier (and cheaper) to carry a bike on a plane than on a train. I assuage my sense of guilt with the thought that I am at least limiting the distance that I fly. As with cycling generally, it really ought to be made so much easier for people to do the right thing.