Any one else come close to doing a personal best on the bike, only to be thwarted by something stupid? For ages I've been trying to get a particular weekday evening ride done in under 35 minutes. As it is mostly off-road this so called 'summer' hasn't exactly been on my side as the mud has been inches deep. A good time on this ride also requires me to not meet (too m)any horses, walkers, dogs and so on. Last night everything was perfect. The ground was dry and not too loose. The dogs/children were under control. All along the way the signs were good. At certain key points I noted I was ahead of my personal best by a few seconds and gaining - 35 minutes was within my grasp! The heart rate monitor was encouraging too - I was working hard but not utterly maxed out. After four years of cycling this circuit, this was going to be the day that I finally cracked the 35 minute mark. Then, in the final off road section, I skidded to a halt in front of a mahoosive fallen tree blocking the entire bridleway. I had to stop, get off my bike, and climb through the fallen tree. At this point I looked at my cycle computer which was still happily counting away - it always seems to take about six seconds to realise I've stopped. So I got back home with 35.13 on the clock. Dammit!