Yes, much as I hate to admit it, apparently, like my little friend Pushkin here, I am not titanium and am also open to illness or injury. Pushkin is the miniature Schnauzer who lives downstairs who I take for walks most days. He is a funny little thing, barks at nothing, can be scared of a carrier bag being carried away in the wind, but is a loveable character really. I was sad to hear at the end of last week that he had to have something removed from his paw and so was wearing the cone of shame. It broke my heart to see how he reacted to this, not even barking at delivery drivers, generally feeling a bit confused by it all. Whilst he was getting better, I was also missing my afternoon walks with him which make me take a much needed break from work.
So as if in sympathy with my furry friend, earlier this week I started to feel really under par, sore throat, constant headache, shivery and a bit achey. Could it be Covid?? I tested negative so that was a relief. More likely the recent weeks of high intensity everything had caught up with me and I was being told to slow down. I can't remember the last time I was ill (well actually I can, but more on that in a minute). I usually manage to carry on through anything, and training never makes me sick. But the past while has been pretty stressful, particularly as I try and make up for lost work and I have been overdoing it. Having my own business, there is no phoning in sick to work, so that carried on and my training had to take a back seat. So this week it is a rather pitiful:
42km walking (had to get the miles in somewhere!)
5km running (quite a good one too, just before I got sick)
Yes I had been missing my swimming most of all this week, but on what was supposed to be a bike ride in Hyde Park I couldn't help but go for a little dip in the Serpentine. As my good friends know, I am always prepared with my swimming cossie under what I am wearing (well, not ALL of the time!)
So not too much to write home about in terms of where I would be in South America this week, hopefully more of a landmark by next week when I make up some ground!
But that additional time gave me the opportunity to keep on top of my Spanish, reaching a milestone 500 day streak with Duolingo (there's a lockdown habit that I have kept up and will come in handy when I actually DO get to go back to South America).
I think I beat myself up about how well I do in things, especially with work, and striving for perfection can be exhausting. I added up that I spent more than 40 hours rehearsing and tech checking more than 50 speakers for upcoming events over the past week and a half, so it's no wonder I was finding it stressful trying to squeeze the rest of my work in! This little board at Willesden Green tube station the other day was a reminder that whilst I might be beating myself up about how well I am doing with work etc, hopefully it is being appreciated somewhere!
But the highlight of the week was celebrating three years that Ian and I have been together. It is funny to think that half of that time has been during the pandemic, so I think we can survive anything! We usually celebrate this anniversary by going back to where it all started, Baker Street station and then to the Prince Regent in Marylebone for a pre dinner drink. In fact, reflecting back on the last time I was ill, it was actually the day before our first date three years ago when I had a bad cold and thought I might not be able to meet Ian. But, much like this weekend, I had definitely perked up and really enjoyed our nostalgic night out, followed by a lovely Greek dinner at Ousia in Charlotte Street.
Now steeling myself for the week ahead, three events for Carers Scotland's 'Scottish Carers Parliament'....
Denise Yeats is an events director, communications consultant, endurance athlete and avid adventurer.