Well it has been quite a couple of weeks! I think the above image sums it up, if I was keen to do more HIIT type activities, then I got that in spades in the past 14 days.
I have been juggling the demands of possibly now too much work, with my usual training, and then the addition of a visit from my parents, down from Aberdeen for the first time since August 2019.
I am embracing the fact that the Serpentine is back open again now after the blue green algae closure and oh my it feels wonderful. I love this time of year, the water feels lovely and calm and there is just the start of a chill in the air. The GoPro I am sure will be making a return next week to capture some of those early morning sunrise swims.
The calm of the water has been contrasted with some HIIT intervals in my cycling. Again, pulling on the knowledge I have picked up from my Menopause for Athletes course, I have been concentrating on some hard, short intervals of 30 secs to 1 minute. But of course still trying to keep my distances up to complete my challenge by the end of the year. The past 2 weeks are looking like this:
With a total distance of just under 6,800km covered, I would now just have passed Santiago in Chile. The thought of that makes me very nostalgic as it is where I completed my actual Andes challenge in 2017. We managed to have two days in this bustling city and certainly celebrated our efforts! Well having navigated not only the scariest winding downhill I have ever witnessed, the last ride into the city took us for about 60km on a major road that I kept hoping the police would stop us from cycling on. It was little wonder we jumped at the chance to indulge in a 'Terremoto' cocktail or three when we arrived to calm our jangled nerves. As the locals explained, the name translates literally as 'earthquake' apparently because of the effect it has on your legs. Oh yes, thankfully there was no cycling the next day...
Continuing the social theme, I believe I may have broken my parents with five days of full on activity that included a trip to Bletchley Park, a tour of Shakespeare's Globe, a boat trip to Greenwich and a fun night at the Comedy Store, not to mention plenty of meals and socialising. I think I sometimes forget my parents are in their lates seventies and eighties, especially as they seemed fair game for a ten hour day out on the Sunday.
They are now back in Aberdeen building up their reserves for the next trip in 12 months.
I must admit I found Bletchley Park fascinating, especially as my mum and dad's neighbour was one of the codebreakers there during the war. Sadly passed now, she was a fascinating woman who was obviously sworn to secrecy at the time so that even her husband didn't know what she did.
And for the rare couple of hours when my folks had a relax back at their hotel, Ian and I had an opportunity to do a bit of sightseeing ourselves and soak up the autumn sun in St James Park. Then it was back into full on mode again as the next week saw a night out with some cycling friends I haven't seem for ages, and then a trip to our favourite Gordon's Wine Bar when my best friend Shirley come down from Aberdeen for a few days with her mum. This was a trip that likewise they usually do every year but had missed in 2020. Some lovely, long awaited moments of normality!
Denise Yeats is an events director, communications consultant, endurance athlete and avid adventurer.