Despite the somewhat indifferent, we (coach and I) headed off down to Verdi’s ice cream parlour – not for ice cream I hasten to add – but for our usual lunchtime bike ride.

It’s only a 9 mile roundtrip, which isn’t much I know, but we way we look at it is that it’s something and that’s a whole lot better than nothing. The other statistics for the ride – average speed of 13.7mph and a 43 minutes journey time – gave an indication of the weather conditions we encountered, i.e. strong winds and heavy hail showers!

In fact the hailstone showers were so bad, they were literally pinging my bell and riding directly into the hail shower (at speed) felt as though I was being continually ‘pricked’ by needles – on my face. Not pleasant!