After last week's spell of summer-like weather, the past seven days were in stark contrast with temperatures plummeting to -1deg!
I think I might have cursed it last week when I was getting changed at the Serpentine and commented that I felt 'cheated' that I wasn't shivering. Well not only had the water temperature dropped by a few degrees this week, but my swimming costume and flip flops froze to the ground when I took them off. The shiver factor was well and truly back!
Sadly the change in weather also put paid to the introduction of the fourth discipline in my challenge - paddleboarding. I had booked a 'paddle and pick' session on the Thames which would have meant I was not only getting some more mileage on the water, but also clearing the river of plastic at the same time. Ah, but it wasn't to be. The organisers rang me on the morning of the session to say that it was 'too cold' which made me chuckle having just spent 20 minutes swimming in it! BUT, the session has been rescheduled for 2 weeks' time, so fingers crossed this challenge which is currently stubbornly remaining as a triathlon will get a boost then.
The distances this week are looking like this:
I was also pleased to be back at the 'Be Fearsome' bootcamp in Hyde Park this week. Following the recent easing of Covid 19 restrictions, we are once again able to join the early HIIT/HIRT class on Wednesday. All socially distanced of course, it was great to be able to do my strength training around others. The photo above shows that the chilly 6.45am start was worth it for the view of the sun coming up over the Serpentine.
By now I would just have passed the city of Cajamarca in Peru. Situated in the Northern Andes, 2,750m above sea level it is known for its numerous examples of Spanish colonial religious architecture, beautiful landscapes, pre-Hispanic archaeological sites and hot springs in the nearby town of Baños del Inca.
Yet again there are few similarities between Cajamarca and London in terms of climate. Apparently in that part of South America over the course of the year the temperature rarely goes below 3deg or above 21deg. Whereas in London we have gone both below and above that over the course of one week!
And with 2,254km completed I am now officially one quarter of the way through my challenge. My next milestone will be next week when I hit my 53rd birthday, eek, how did that happen!?
Denise Yeats is an events director, communications consultant, endurance athlete and avid adventurer.