And here's how it actually went...
Five of us met up at the Parliament Hill lido on the edge of Hampstead Heath on a warm Saturday morning. I was a little nervous as I don't much like swimming or cold water, and I'm not a great swimmer either. And I'd never heard of a 60 metre long pool before, let alone swum in one. Getting in wasn't as bad as I expected - the water was a balmy 18 degrees and the pool was full of early morning swimmers.
|Enjoying the swim|
|Raring to go|
Next stop was the outdoor cafe just around the corner for tea and scrambled eggs on toast which set us up nicely for starting the bike ride at 11:30am. John MacDonald, the organiser, had left the maps at work so we followed the route from a mix of his memory and GPS enabled phone. We were soon out onto the Parkland Walk and then River Lea for a gentle cycle down to Greenwich. Jane's hire bike was an interesting but not deliberate choice - a 3-speed ladies shopper with basket - and Richard and John were riding with no gears at all! John had a puncture, but we were soon rolling again, taking in views along Regent's Canal and the Thames path. We eventually arrived in Greenwich in time for a late lunch from the market and a rest in front of what's left of The Cutty Sark (not much at the moment) and a quick trip to the next door National Maritime museum.
|How many men does it take to change a puncture?|
After tea and cake and waning enthusiasm brought on by the effects of the bike ride, we dragged ourselves out for a pleasant 10km run around the streets of Kilburn and Camden. I can't report much of where we ran because it was dark and by that point I was tired and just pushing myself to get round.