The first race of the season is always a nerve wracking one. After months of hard work in the off-season its the day that will answer the big question thats been rolling around your head for the last couple weeks: how fit am I? The Tour d’Ardeche was that race for me and the answer was yes. I was fit but far from relieved. The results were far from what I wanted. The months of solitary winter training had left me badly positioned and nervous in the peloton. To make matters worse, the freezing temperatures and pouring rain amplified my short-comings. I headed home with answers to questions I had forgotten to ask. Despite a dismal start, it was a start nonetheless and problems are there to be solved.