For me, it would have to be Japan. I didn’t do a lot of swimming there (I’m not sure that bathing in the onsen [hot springs] counts), but I did plenty of running and cycling.
I travelled there in April 2015 with my husband, Stuart and our friend Jez. We spent a few days in Tokyo before travelling to Kanazawa before cycling across the Japanese Alps chasing the cherry blossoms.
It is a truly stunning country with beautiful landscapes, tasty food and friendly people.
Because we had to carry all of our possessions for over two weeks, I had a limited amount of clothing – 2 SOAS cycling kits, waterproof trousers, jacket, gloves, buff, headband, calf guards, jeans, SOAS hoodie, a couple of t-shirts and a dress. I hadn’t realised that we were going to cycle through the snowy Japanese Alps, so ended up wearing almost everything for a couple of days!
Isn’t the scenery stunning? Â©Jeremy Hollinshead
Out for a little walk under the sakura Â©Jeremy Hollinshead
A little pose on our arrival at the Sanzen-In temple Â© Jeremy Hollinshead
Carb-loading with yams at Kanazawa Castle
The snow made us a little bit sunburnt!
With our running tour guide, Su-San, in Tokyo
Running by the Imperial Palace in Tokyo
Cycling in Gokayama Â©Jeremy Hollinshead
Appreciating the stunning foliage Â©Jeremy Hollinshead
There are lots of other places that I love, but if I can only choose one country (I can’t even narrow it down to a prefecture, let alone a city), it would have to be Japan. I’d never done a cycling holiday before, but I loved the freedom that it gave us, as well as the opportunity to experience life off the beaten track.
Where’s the most amazing place that you swum/cycled/run?