Hmmm...keeping this up to date: Norway was amazing. I'd love to go back there for an "adventure" trip sometime - hiking, rafting, kayaking - something. It's by far the most beautiful country I've ever seen. Since Norway we have driven through Sweden, Denmark, and Belgium, and spent a couple of nights each in Germany and France. It's been great fun. Then we got lucky yesterday: we picked a lovely looking hotel in France, drove a coule of hours to get there, but it looked pretty sketchy. Then we did the same thing again, one hour away. Then we did the same thing again, another hour away. Then we drove another hour to Luxembourg, and found an amazingly gorgeous city, with a nice hotel thrown in. So we are in Luxembourg for a couple of days, before two nights in rural France, and then on to Paris for five nights.
I've not been able to do any swimming (which was good for the first week, letting my arm recover fully), but have been running regularly. It's probably not ideal, but when this is done I'll have a full month of uninterupted training before my swim and I'm sure I can get back to full strength quickly before tapering for ten days or so (I know from past experience that I do best on a short taper).
That's all the time I have for now. Au revoir!
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