It's that time of year again, when the young female members of Mortlake Rowing Club hit the waters of another country for a week of intense training.
For the past few years we have been travelling to Seville, to row on the Guadalquivir river.
This year we are in the thermal town of Aix Les Bains, in southern France, a very pretty town which, fortunately for us has an unusually large number of chocolate shops and an amazingly tasty ice-cream shop!
So, training is going well, although we are all tiring a little earlier than normal, possibly due to the 25 minute walk to and from the Lac du Bourget four times each day on top of the three training sessions. So after around two hours of walking, four and a half hours of training on the lake, breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a walk to the ice-cream shop, there's not much time for sleeping!
The food in the hotel is also proving to be a little dull, not only in taste but also presentation - white rice with white fish and a white sauce tasted as bland as it looked, so as usual the local supermarket and bakeries are doing quite well out of us.