There were only two people travelling with bikes from Marmaris to Rhodes on the 9am ferry this morning. Both were athletes. Myself, of course, and Ilias Xanthos the 2012 Greek duathlon champion. We had much to chat about throughout our trip and covered the usual shopping list of topics athletes tend to focus on, nutrition, psychology, attitude, physical preparation and winter training camps (he’d not heard of Butlins). I can only hope that Ilias found my views on the subject useful.