first proper ride since ol' fat appeared (commuting doesn't count as it's short and i'm half asleep). i can't say it was entirely pleasurable. catching up with riding buddies was lovely, despite not being able to speak most of the time. fortunately due to punctures and some 'interesting' route choice, i had a chance to catch my breath. twisty singletrack isn't much fun when slow. but at least i got a smiley sticker and friends that don't mind waiting.