The week before Aragon I did take my first podium of the season in a pro-am cycle event in Italy. There was no trophy for third place but a big slice of Salami which quickly disappeared.
I had a great week cycling between Misano and Aragon and spent some time with my team-mate next year Cal Crutchlow, who is as quick on a pushbike as he is on a MotoGP bike, and Nicky Hayden. Sounds like I did the right thing with the weather at home while I was away.
Apparently my Mum has been spending a fair bit of time on the sofa with her feet up while I've been away, after she completed the 500 kms London to Paris charity cycle ride. It was a really tough trip and she did a brilliant job and I'm very proud of her.
I'm home for just four days before flying off to Japan and will be away for almost a month.
It's a tough trip for everybody involved in MotoGP and not just the riders, but I love it - being able to spend so much time on the bike. I would race every weekend if I could.
The trip comes off a good weekend in Aragon and I've got a sniff of that sixth place in the Championship which would be one better than last year.
The toughest part is telling our dog Charlie that after just getting back I'm off again, but there will be plenty of time in the winter for long walks and planning MotoGP 2013.