Normally at this time of year, my off-the-field sporting exploits involve wondering whether I’ll bother to scrape a season’s worth of mud off of my football boots, and wishing I’d removed that soggy towel from my cricket bag after the last game of the previous summer.

But not this year. No, this summer’s sporting preparations are of a totally different kind.

So far, they have involved me having fittings for boots, helmets and white clothing (but not my cricket whites), complete with a trip to Snetterton to test drive a racing car.