It feels like this week has been a case of 'rinse and repeat' from last week, quite literally given the quantity of rain that fell!
Just to add insult to injury, a photo memory popped up from this time last year when I had managed to swim for the first time in over 8 weeks when the Victoria Docks Open Water swimming centre opened. The air temperature was 27 degrees and the water was 20 degrees. Not a Dryrobe in sight as I got changed in the sunshine, very unlike the howling 40mph winds gusting by the Serpentine after a 13.5 degree swim this week.
What is going on??
Very similar distances in just three disciplines again this week as I covered a total of 205km, looking like this:
Running: 5.3km (still going easy on this)
As I become more aware of which disciplines are bringing me joy this year, I am going to concentrate on aquabike (swim/run) events when the opportunity arises, so my mileage is all money in the bank here.
With a total of 3,390km now covered I would be just past the city of Cusco in Peru. This is the continent's oldest continuously inhabited city and is known as 'The Navel of the Earth'. It is as if time stands still with curious little streets with names like "Coffin", "Siete Culebras" (Seven Serpents) and "Harpies". It is also home to the only South American camelid 'theme park'. Camelids cover the family which include the llama and alpaca so often associated with this part of the world. The Awana Kancha, is a beautiful textile and camelid exhibition centre which displays the beauty of this family of animals and also showcases the products obtained from them through a combination of traditional and modern techniques.
If only I was actually there - having reached the milestone of now having completed a full 365 days learning Spanish on Duolingo I'd be feeling pretty confident speaking with the locals!
So what is this 'Mind over (waste) matter all about? Well about 15 minutes into a swim in the Thames at Teddington this week, a lady came over to the water to speak to us. As she seemed a bit concerned, we thought it might be about the river flow which was high again for the first time in months and causing that 'endless pool' effect. But no, it was to let us know that there was sewage coming into the river just upstream, likely to be in this area too. There was a moment where Nerina and I looked at each other slightly concerned and then said "Are you getting out? No, are you? Definitely not!" We had another 15 minutes of swimming to do! So off we set again saying how it might be immune boosting...?? Three days later and I haven't got dysentery yet, so I hark back to my old mantra that if you don't think it will make you ill, then it probably won't.
And besides I'm pretty sure the Thames harbours all sorts of stuff like that most of the time, best not to think about it!
Mind over matter came up again this week when my good friend Dawn led me through a Yin yoga session to demonstrate her newly acquired teaching skills. These stretches, held for long periods of time are definitely what my body needs and I really felt the benefit. Although I think my mind has a lot to get over before it can get into this pose she demonstrated. Yes, she is so low to the ground, you can hardly see her, nice one Dawn, I will work on it!
Here's hoping for some better weather next week, maybe then I won't have to do 67km of my cycling going round Regents Park at 6.30am on a wet Saturday morning...
Denise Yeats is an events director, communications consultant, endurance athlete and avid adventurer.