This is a week that made me happy for many reasons!
The clocks going forward meant that the days seemed brighter and longer, and we actually had two days which seemed like summer at an unseasonable 22deg.
But the main excitement had to be that the latest easing of Covid restrictions meant that outdoor swimming officially opened up! So instead of a 3 hour round bike ride to Teddington, I could pop down to my lovely Serpentine within an hour. It was SO good to be back and what's more the temperature was now actually just tipping into double figures too! I could hear the shared excitement as the members giggled and even sang as they got changed after their much awaited Serpie swim. That's one thing about Covid, it really makes you appreciate the simplest things in life.
Having said that, I have made some really good connections during my swims in the Thames, so I couldn't resist a Good Friday trip back there. Well worth it if even just to meet myself in dog form - this is Dash in the video below (Dash by name and by nature) endlessly diving into the river enthusiastically after his ball.
So my totals this week are looking like this, with the swimming distance now creeping up:
Swimming 3.06km (whoop!)
It also sees me reach another milestone of covering over 2,000km which is a satisfying feeling.
This would see me arriving at the town of Bagua Grande in northern Peru. Known for its agricultural trade, the economy is based on the production of very high quality rice, corn and coffee. It is affectionately referred to by the locals as Coraźon de Amazonas (Spanish for 'Heart of the Amazonas') due to its location. Set on a hillside by the river Utcubamba, means that it is warm and rainy for a good part of the year. Yet again my challenge doesn't quite match the local conditions in London where we fluctuated between a sunny 22deg one day to anticipating snow in the next few days!
However, all being well, that riverside location might just come into play next week as I (hopefully) add a fourth discipline into my challenge which for the past 3 months has definitely been more of a triathlon than pentathlon. Watch this space.....
Denise Yeats is an events director, communications consultant, endurance athlete and avid adventurer.