Paddy and Dave were off at an organised ride so I was a lone wolf. Not a problem, but there's nothing like a bit of healthy competition to get you riding faster for longer. So I was glad when a recumbent passed me on the way out - I jumped on his tail (not close enough to draft, I just wanted the pace) and we stayed together for a mile or two until he peeled off. The same thing happened on the way back - a much stronger rider passed me but I was able to keep with him for 2 or 3 miles and then actually passed and led the charge for a while. I got tired before he did, though, and he soon left me for dead.
Tomorrow I'll be back to commuting, and now we've joined the local gym, I plan to take a spin class every week too, so hopefully I can make up for the lost training time.