After my real trip up north, I am back on track and managed to rack up the following mileage this week:
This distance of 205.5km would see me arriving at the small town of Chicoana in the Salta Province of Argentina, and again, actually somewhere I HAVE been in real life, what a treat! This had been the first stop off on our Andes adventure in 2017, at the end of my first ride fully laden up with panniers etc in South America. The photo above was taken shortly before I clipped a roundabout with one of my front panniers and fell off, oh dear, it took a bit of getting used to this weight distribution on the bike.
I also wasn't expecting the slight distrust the Argentinians still have to us Brits, as is demonstrated by the mural I am cycling past. I often became the 'spokesperson' for the group in shops etc as it was felt they were warmer to the Scots, though I don't know why. Anyway, the hosts at our overnight accommodation in the tiny town of Chicoana were certainly welcoming. It was here that I was to have my first taste of Argentinian breakfasts, and was soon to realise that pretty much everything they make has sugar in it!
Back in the real world this week I also managed to challenge myself a bit more by borrowing Ian's bike whilst I was at his place to get some Chilterns training in. Using his 'old jalopy' as he calls it certainly made things interesting as the section out from Henley to Turville Heath has some 'nice' Cat 4 climbs to contend with!
I was also feeling it in my muscles from a particularly hard HIIT class on Wednesday. These are always challenging sessions run by Be Fearsome, and as they mix up the instructors from week to week you never really know what you are going to get. I am pleased to know from my 'Menopause for Athletes' course though how important HIIT and weight training is for females at this stage of life, so I am glad I am ahead of the game here.
Denise Yeats is an events director, communications consultant, endurance athlete and avid adventurer.