I was under strict instructions to scale down my distances this week as Coach Tom was concerned that I was overdoing it a bit. It's true I have become slightly obsessed with the amount I have been doing, as not only am I doing the challenge distances, but still carrying on with my strength and TRX training etc which means I have regularly been doing over 14 hours of training a week. Time to take it a bit easier this week (although I did still seem to cover 154.7km...)
The distances look like this:
It's been lovely to be in the river when the flow is calmer and the temperature is 8 degrees. I never thought this would feel 'comfortable' and it makes me happy to think about how much more I will be able to swim when the restrictions ease. Roll on the opening up of the Serpentine in Hyde Park again at the end of the month! Although that said, I have made a good friend and 'guardian lifeguard' during my Thames swims in the form of this little lady...
I also took the opportunity to scope out a new location a short distance from my partner's flat in the lovely town of Marlow. He teased me that I probably had my swimming costume on under my clothes as we went for a walk along the river...and I wish I had! Now here is a spot for the long awaited paddle boarding and kayaking too.
Meanwhile in South America, having covered a total of 1,729.4km I would currently be just past Logrońo and Sucúa in Ecuador. Sucúa is a small town with a population of just under 8,000 people, set in a humid, highly botanical region popular for jungle trips and river rafting on the Rio Upano.
As I continue south alongside the north west border with Peru, I will be travelling through the Parque Nacional Sangay. This national park contains three of Ecuador's most magnificent volcanoes. As such, had I actually been there, cycling certain elements would be very tricky and would include hiking sections and pushing or carrying the bike.
So, it must surely be time for this months challenge on that theme? And so it was set:
"Farmers walks of at least one mile in one session carrying 40kg"
For those not familiar with what 'farmers walks' are, they are also known as 'the farmers carry' and are one of the original, all round exercises for a total body workout. As you have to carry a significant weight in each hand, it challenges balance and stability, as well as working a wide range of muscles including abs, shoulders, hamstrings, quads and also grip strength. Very much replicating what it might be like to carry a fully laden hybrid bike!
Let's see how I get on next week....
Denise Yeats is an events director, communications consultant, endurance athlete and avid adventurer.