There’s a magical day that comes once each year when the countless hours of training reward with a feint glimmer of what might be.
Today was meant to be a turbo session, to be frank, I just couldn’t face it. It’d been a glorious day and I’d missed it all travelling and working so I decided to grab what was left, get outdoors and do the Cragg Vale loop on the road bike (Hebden, Mytholmroyd, Cragg Vale, Littleborough and Todmorden).
Given that the session was meant to be strength based I stuck the bike in the big ring and rode as hard as I could up Britain’s longest climb, leaving it as late as possible before I dropped the gears – I’m not the strongest rider in the world but I can spin!
I felt weirdly strong on the climb, which wasn’t particularly wind assisted, and as I passed the lake at the top decided to carry on as hard as I could for the remainder of the ride.
Once home I uploaded my data only to find I taken a whopping eleven minutes off my time for the ‘Coop loop’, the Strava name for the Cragg Vale circuit, and taken almost another minute of my best time up the climb.
Today was that day, the day when everything might be possible and the ‘cross season proper is still months away!