Well I am glad I am feeling better this week as I have needed all of my stamina to get through the delivery of three large scale virtual events for Carers Scotland, and continue prep for another couple of upcoming events. It has been a week of 10-12 hour working days but I have to reflect back and see that is has been such a worthwhile experience. Being able to be so instrumental in delivering two days of discussions with unpaid carers and then putting their questions to the Ministers of Social Security and Mental Health and Wellbeing in Scotland on the third day made me feel very grateful. When I think of the time I put in to my work, I then put it into perspective to see how some of these people even have time to come online and make their voices heard given the commitments they have on a day to day basis. Let's just hope that these conversations can facilitate change. More of this to come in next week's event with Carers UK.
Meanwhile, feeling physically better, it was back into clocking up the mileage for my challenge. With the constraints of time, I am sad to say that the turbo trainer became my cycling friend this week as I know this is always an effective way of clocking up some quality training and miles when time is tight. I did manage to get a few swims in though at my beloved Serpentine too. Water temperature fluctuated between 12.9 and 14deg this week, having taken quite a tumble in the recent week or so - even Duncan Goodhew had his neoprene cap on! Not me though, I need to acclimatise for my monthly challenge which starts in November...more info on that nearer the time. As the picture above shows though, at the end of the week I was relishing in this lovely environment and not putting myself under the pressure of race training.
The distances this week are looking like this:
This would now see me around the city of Los Ángeles in Chile (not to be confused with California). This is is the capital of the province of Bío Bío in the commune of the same name. It is located between the Laia and Biobío rivers, and has the highest absolute population of any Chilean municipality. To the north of the city is Salto del Laja (Laja Falls), one of the great tourist attractions for travellers to the south of Chile. Then roughly 100km to the east is the 2,979m high Antuco volcano in the Andes mountain range. The city is a gateway for tourists visiting the nearby Laguna del Laja National Park, the location of the volcano. This turbulent environment is reminding me of my week!
But then to try and balance things off, I made sure I was able to take out little Pushkin for some walks, now without his head cone, his paw healing nicely. We also had an unexpected meeting with Yana, the lovely labradoodle guidedog who I walked every day for about five months during lockdown last year for my neighbour. It was so nice to see that she hadn't forgotten me and was keen for some ear rubs! Then the week rounded off with a trip to see friends for a leisurely lunch (actually over 7 hours long!). We realised we hadn't been to their house for two years, in which time their lovely golden retriever Honey had grown a bit, and so another canine interaction brought the week to a close. More long days ahead next week....
Denise Yeats is an events director, communications consultant, endurance athlete and avid adventurer.