And after forty days, Noah opened the doors to the ark and lo he saw freedom, for no longer did he need to get out on his bike and mount up the requisite kilometres in order to complete the Strava Specialised Spring Challenge. 40 days of cycling. 40 days of challenge. 30 of it feeling fine, 10 of it feeling exhausted.
I note that a year or so ago I was riding the flatlands of Belgium, happily trotting out 30kph. Now in the flatlands of Cheshire I am trotting out around 20kph. I am tired. I am looking forward to rest and recovery, beer, sleep, books, sunshine, legs not in lycra, bum not sat on a saddle, neck and shoulders in normal alignment. I am looking forward to equating the bike once again with fun. It'll all be over soon. 111km to go and 3 days to do it in. Amen to that.