I have now been up for over 24 hours, of which I’ve spent about 23 of them in the company of one individual. My brain is melting. I decided to go for a swim with Mark, but it only cleared my mind while I was there… Now I’m back to the hayfevery sauna of the rest of the world, I have a headache and sore eyes again.

Also, I am the least fit person ever. I had to pause after every two lengths, and my heart rate was hitting 150. Breast stroke. Slow lane.

All this sparring practice I’ve been doing has proved I still have the skill and agility I had a few years ago, but I think this afternoon’s proved that I lack the strength and stamina. More daily exercise for me, I think.