It's been a weird week! Sunny one minute, freezing cold and hailstones the next. It reminds me why there is a saying where I am from of “Ne’er cast a cloot till May be oot!”
I believe it also translates across various dialects in the UK to basically not taking off too many clothes until May is over.
Sound advice this month, even though I did finally take my neoprene gloves and hat off for my swimming this week. In my mind the water was 12deg, even though I was informed that the temperature in the Serpentine had actually dropped almost two degrees over the past few days. I am a great believer in mind over matter - if you think it is cold it will be!
Much as I would have loved to incorporate some paddleboarding this week, time was against me as much as the weather. Something else conspiring against me at the moment are my hormones, which amongst other things made the idea of running not that appealing. The more research I am doing into this area though the more fascinating I am finding it, and going with the flow of what my body wants.
My total distance this week is still a pretty respectable 183.3km, and breaks down like this:
I was also pleased to be able to finally put my TRX strength training qualification into practice and delivered two coaching sessions this week to clients.
Yet this mesmerizing colonial city has a dark past. Its name, originating from the Quechua aya (death, or soul) and cuchu (outback), offers a telling insight. Ayacucho’s status as isolated capital of a traditionally poor department provided the breeding ground for Professor Abimael Guzmán to nurture the Sendero Luminoso (Shining Path) Maoist revolutionary movement that caused thousands of deaths in the region during the 1980s and 1990s. But the city’s historically poor links with the outside world also fostered a proud, independent spirit evident in everything from its unique festivals to its booming cultural self-sufficiency.
It was also a positive week in terms of wrapping up a three week event for Circle (the Centre for International Research on Care, Labour and Equalities). Using a highly interactive platform we managed to create some great stage, breakout and exhibitor networking sessions. It was fascinating to hear the content from academics across the world speaking on topics around caring. I was delighted to hear the resoundingly positive feedback on the event and to hear comments like 'it is the best platform I have used'. This past year has been a never-ending learning curve but outcomes like this make it worthwhile.
So through all of the ups and downs, I remind myself of my resilience and soldier on!
Waking up to the wind howling and the rain battering down on Saturday morning I gave myself a blast of 'Titanium', one of my favourite songs and pushed myself out the front door. It might have been a very different experience to this time last week on the paddleboard, but it's all good (and you can't really use a GoPro on a turbo trainer!)
Denise Yeats is an events director, communications consultant, endurance athlete and avid adventurer.