You can hear it in our voices; in the energised, excitable banter between us – and in the venom of the lash and crackle of skipping ropes smacking the gym floor.
Questions had been asked of Mark Cavendish before this week but as so often he had an emphatic answer: in this case the 21st Tour de France stage win of his career in the grand manner.
Martin Johnson, when England rugby union captain, is said to have had a mantra in adversity when his team were behind, or down to fourteen men.
For the second year in a row at Wimbledon, Roger Federer went to five sets against a Frenchman but this time there would be no slip-ups. "My God, it was brutal," said the normally stress-free Swiss after 204 minutes of high drama under the roof on Centre Court in which he first flirted with the humiliation suffered the night before by Rafael Nadal then gathered all his reserves of energy and skill to outlast the dangerous Julien Benneteau and go through to the fourth round.
Wimbledon was not quite ready for another Czech earthquake after the rude dismissal of Rafael Nadal. However, for the duration of a set on Centre Court, the prospect of losing the defending champion on day five sent a shiver through the tournament that did not seem altogether out of kilter with the prevailing mood.
28th June 2012, note this date down, as it will be remembered for one of the greatest upsets in Wimbledon history.