Why, exactly do it? As a management team we were tasked with finding a charitable challenge that we could all do, that would test us individually, require us to train hard as a group, create an even closer knit team and raise money for a good cause. This 100Km walk was the first suggestion that had any legs (!), but was felt by some to lack ambition (this sentiment definitely included, and was possibly led by, me). Was it testing enough? Would the necessary training and effort be viewed by colleagues and friends as different and noteworthy? No. We felt that walking 100Km in 24 hours was too tame. We convened a planning session in a restaurant, and set about formulating a new way to bring ourselves together. As the evening progressed, and the wine flowed, the suggestions were many and varied. We settled on a London to Paris triathlon. Cycling through Kent would be a breeze, the channel crossing would be the biggest effort and carry the highest risk, leaving only a running relay to the Champs Elysees and Eiffel Tower. It remained only to agree who’d do what, to buy or rent a vessel for the crossing, and train a bit. We toasted our plan. In my next post, the Morning After, the cold light of day brings with it a realisation that a London to Paris triathlon might just end up in one or more deaths!