Ever have one of those days? Friday was like that for me, it seemed like one thing happened on top of another. I was feeling anxious about work (or lack of) and then saw Rishi Sunak on the news, and I was back there feeling really resentful of the Government for not supporting us limited company directors. A puncture on the way home from picking up my bike from it's service, and then majorly struggling to get the new tyre off and I thought I was going to lose the plot! It's funny to think how there can literally be the tiniest thing, the straw that breaks the camel's back. But I remembered someone asking me this week about setbacks and how I deal with them, and my answer had been that I use them as a learning. So this week I learned some techniques on dealing with new tyres (and to turn off the news!)
My little book 'The Daily Stoic' also has some great pieces of advice - one that I particularly liked is 'What kind of boxer are you?'. Based around a quote from the philosopher Epictetus he talks about likening hurdles in life to how you would deal with the punches as a boxer. Would you leave the ring because you get hit? "What advantage would come from abandoning the pursuit of wisdom?" That is the nature of the sport, as it is the way of life. And on that note, back out on the bike on Saturday morning and all was well again in the world!
So onto the distances this week....
This would see me travelling through the Parque Nacional Carrasco in Bolivia. Created in 1988, this 622,600ha park has some of Bolivia’s most easily explored cloud forest. The rainforest hides a vast variety of mammal species, together with a rainbow of birds, crawling reptiles, amphibians, fish and insects. It is probably best to explore this region virtually as access to large parts of the park are difficult and potentially dangerous. The Camino en las Nubes (Walk in the Clouds), a trek descending from 4000m to 300m along the old Cochabamba–Chapare road, is now largely used by drug traffickers and is unsafe for tourists.
Meanwhile, swimming also continues to be a source of joy, even though I am still missing the post swim shivering. I am happy, however to trade that off for meeting my swimming buddy Nerina, complete with some homemade barfi. This is a traditional sweet Indian treat, not to be confused with the Scottish word barf meaning to vomit ;)
We also some more recruits to our small swimming group at Teddington - Cam, and his dog Dash. Seen in a previous post excitedly jumping into the water, I managed on this occasion to capture not only his ball splashing into the river, but also a lesson in doggy paddle....see below.
Denise Yeats is an events director, communications consultant, endurance athlete and avid adventurer.