The day started with open water swimming. It was an early start, but it’s always worth it to see the sunrise over the sea.
We got ready at the top of the cliff overlooking the beach.
When we’d all got our wetsuits on, it was time to head down the steps to the beach.
We were put into groups of swimmers who were of roughly similar ability and then headed out for a swim.
I completed two loops of shark fin rock and wanted to do a third, but my partners didn’t want to, so a kind Dutch man (Rene) agreed that he would do another loop with me. He was a very considerate swimmer – of I strted to swim off course then he would tap me on the feet! It felt good to do three loops.
It was then time to head back to base camp for breakfast before going out cycling.
We were quite a large group, which was nice. The guys were mainly very experienced cyclists who were coming back to the sport after some time off, whereas the women tended to be less experienced.
It was a route that I was already familiar with that went out along the coast road. The views were lovely and it was the perfect temperature.
As usual, the day finished with a time trial back from Aljezur. I was confident that I would do better than I had previously, although I was surprised to see Jen on one of the roundabouts. I slowed down, but she shouted at me to continue. Later, I learnt that Andy had had a serious accident and had gone over the crash barriers. Fortunately, he wasn’t seriously injured, but he spent the rest of the day at the hospital and his bike wasn’t fixed before he went home. What a sad end to the day