This week brought with it many contrasts, including another dip in temperature, and some subsequent misty morning swims in the Thames. The flow rate in the river might have dropped, but equally the temperature change was making for some shivery dressing sessions on the river bank! I have to say though that these little river swims are something that I really look forward to. Seeing some friendly faces, and even inspiring one man who had been passing by and watching us with interest, to swim in open water for the first time. He's now hooked, which gives me a great sense of satisfaction to be able to pass on some of this joy to someone else.
Total distance this week is 218.45km (a new record!) which breaks down like this:
But away from the moody weather, I would currently have crossed into a new country - Ecuador! Translated as 'Republic of the Equator' this country is bordered of course by Colombia in the north, Peru in the east and south and also includes the Galapagos Islands in the Pacific, about 1,000km west of the mainland.
I would be arriving at Ibarra, a city in northern Ecuador which lies at the foot of the Imbabura Volcano, and on the left bank of the Tahuando river. Its colonial whitewashed buildings have given it the nickname La Ciudad Blanca, or The White City.
An interesting culinary fact of the area, is the the 'helados de paila' or handmade ice creams and sorbets were originally made during Incan times using the snow or ice from the nearby Imbabura volcano when it was snowbound.
Something which cast a major cloud over my week though as a Director of my own Limited company was the much anticipated budget announcement. Being part of the #ForgottenLtd group, I have been supporting their tireless campaigning over the past 12 months to get the Government to recognise the 3million plus people in the same situation as myself who have had next to no financial support during the pandemic.
I can't stress how utterly let down and disappointed I was to see that we have yet again been ignored. This clever YouTube 'advert' below sums up our Chancellor's attitude to us. If only I could have made myself a pair of headphones to drown out the Government over the past year.
BUT, onwards and upwards, and the challenge continues (in every sense!)
Denise Yeats is an events director, communications consultant, endurance athlete and avid adventurer.