Where to start. Planned a 40 mile ride round Essex, and was thwarted ten minutes in by my first puncture,on tubeless rims which I haven’t changed before. If you’ve ever tried to remove them, you’ll know how bleeding annoying it can be. This was at 7am, in Chingford, in what was already hot morning sun. I got the tube changed eventually, but as I rode there was a distinct chug chug coming from somewhere and even after reseting the rim it was still fucked. Found a bike mech who kindly fixed it for me (front derailleur was off apparently) and I set out again, on what Komoot called a ‘gravel ride’. It wasn’t, it was full on thru Epping clay mudfest (yes even today there’s still some about). Ten minutes later and both the front AND rear tyres have punctures. Someone really didn’t want me to ride today. Anyway not all heroes wear capes - Alex C gallantly brought his van and lovely missus over and picked me up, where we detoured for a coffee and sandwich as by this point I was in tears with the heat and frustration. Then Alex says why don’t we go and pick up your mtb and have a small Epping sesh. The day was saved and I’m no longer a snivelling mess.