Well how did this happen.....I'm 53! It doesn't seem that long since my 50th birthday party, and I'm so grateful I managed to celebrate that in a room choc full of people, which seems like a strange concept now.
In a week where I was aware I had been training quite hard, I gave myself permission to ease off a bit as a 'birthday treat'. But then I realised that most of the things I really enjoy particularly involve being outside cycling or swimming and so still I racked up just under 160km this week and the breakdown is looking like this:
The discipline I did cut back on was running, possibly prompted by an eventful one at the start of the week where I had to 'break in' to my partners flat complex by climbing over some very tricky 8' high security gates which had locked shut when I was out on my run. I learned something here - those spiky elements on wrought iron gates aren't just for decoration and can be very difficult to navigate! I am still half expecting the a clip of me perched on top of a column looking worried before I dropped over to the other side to appear on "You've Been Framed".
And so real life can be just as exciting as pretending you are in another continent it seems! Speaking of which, having covered just over 2,400km, I would now be around the town of Pomabamba in Peru. Known as the 'City of Cedars' this town is located on the left bank of the Pomabamba river and is a popular resting spot for trekkers.
But the best part of the week had to be my many forms of birthday celebrations. It's not everyone's idea of a perfect day to start it with strength training on Zoom with a friend from Aberdeen, and then go on to cycle a round trip of over 55km to swim in the Thames and then meet friends at Regents Park. But it did involve some of my other favourite things too: friends, cake, cava and cute dogs! We were appreciative that our little lifeguard dog at Teddington doubled up as a perfect hand warmer after what was a chillier swim than we expected. I'm not so sure pure little Mira appreciated my cold hands on her and was probably thinking I should keep my distance. But then in every other way social distancing was being observed, even by the slices of lovely homemade carrot cake!
We took advantage of the latest easing of restrictions to actually go OUT for dinner!
It was exciting to put on proper footwear (not trainers) for the first time in months, and get the tube into Green Park to a great little Lebanese restaurant where we could tell everyone was as delighted as us to be back to some sort of normality (albeit still eating with my jacket on. Then the next day it was snacks, cava and cakes on Hampstead Heath with some friends, and a very red face for Ian and I, who never quite remember that it doesn't take much sun to do that to our Scottish skin.
And then there was the highlight of it all, the best present ever from Ian.....a GoPro!!
Not only that, but a case choc full of adapters of all types to use with it so that I can record all of my adventures, and I can't wait!!
Denise Yeats is an events director, communications consultant, endurance athlete and avid adventurer.