And just like that, the lilac peaks and starts to fade away for another year. It smells amazing at the moment. It won’t be long until it’s all brown.

Started my next programme on TrainerRoad today. Always begins with a ramp test and for the first time ever the suggested FTP was somewhere near to what I had set it to already. The next programme is a bit tougher so I’m hopeful that I’ve got the setting right.

Beech tree watch: So it seems that what I usually notice as a spontaneous flourishing each year is actually a slow, gradual process. Every day there are more leaves unfurling, and in normal years it passes me by until the process is complete.