Week 6 Day 42 – Monday 4th May

  • 65 minutes at 130 watts
  • Max heart rate = 135 bpm
  • Calories = 551 (total so far 14277)
  • Distance covered = 23.41 miles
  • Total distance so far = 496.46

Can you believe it? I am within sight of the 500 mile mark! My PB remains at 23.41 for the long cycle days – well above my starting distance for the long day of 16.49 – but this together with longer times on the short days is eating up the miles. 

Back to the 80s and 90s today with Lisa Stansfield. We may not be going All Around the World, but we are covering a lot of the UK!

Leaving Ambleside, for a few miles I hug the shores of the largest natural lake in the UK, Lake Windermere. It’s just over 11 miles long and nearly a mile wide at its widest point. The east side is very busy in season and the hub of activity is Bowness on Windermere as this is the only town with direct access to the water’s edge. Here you can find all manner of boating activities and you are in reach of several great walks – including Gummer’s How and Wansfell Pike.

Leaving the shores of Windermere, I head south east and continue through Bowland Bridge and Heversham and on to the peaceful and unspoilt village of Arnside. It’s a lovely spot on the southern bank of the Kent estuary, where it feeds into the massive Morecambe Bay.

As we head further south it would be a shame not to pop into the Lakeland Wildlife Oasis, where you can see over 100 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and intertebrates. It is also the location for the first successful snow leopard breeding in the north of England.

Each day Rosalind and I look at the map and are inspired by the many interesting places we are ‘seeing’ on this virtual journey – some we have visited before and some which are totally new to us. We both love to travel and can’t wait to plan a real trip but like everyone, have no idea when this will be possible.

This situation is affecting all of us in different ways. We are both self-motivators, used to working from home, and have gardens so we can at least enjoy a cuppa outside in the spring sunshine. But there are many others with their own forms of stress – it could be financial, relationship or mental health. Or they may be juggling working from home with feeding and caring for a family, and either home schooling or just trying to find ways to keep a houseful of toddlers, children or teenagers occupied every day.

We have found in doing this challenge that structure and exercise helps control the ups and downs, and preparing healthy and colourful meals can feed the soul as well as the body. However, there are still moments (usually on a weekly basis!) when it can all seem too much and despondency, stress or weariness can make an appearance. Gradually we are learning to accept these days and just go with the flow, and so far, we have managed to get back on track. One thing is certain, during the lockdown there is a fair chance you will have more than your usual share of down days. I think this sums it up and I hope you find it useful.