“None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm.”
Henry David Thoreau
… or what this is supposed to be, since it for sure hasn’t been a regular winter! We had a bunch of snow in January but nothing white has really come down since. The xc ski trails are slowly melting away, and we are getting close to the end of a ski season that usually extends into April. Strange!
Maybe fittingly, I focused a bit more on trail running through the winter and completed the Orcas Island 50km race at the beginning of February. Check this awesome video … giving you an idea of the wet and steep course! With plenty of vertical climbing on skis and the treadmill under the belt, the vertical was
manageable but the muddy conditions made it rather challenging.
So it is time to get the road bike out and start training for Ironman Whistler in July 2015 …
Okay so I might be biased, having grown up in Germany. But I have yet to find another place on earth where Christmas is as festive, social, yummy and traditional as in Germany. Graham and I were lucky to spend 2.5 weeks with my parents during the holiday season, and thoroughly enjoyed the treats, cookies, and LOTS of Glühwein
We also got to spend 4 days in Grindelwald, Switzerland, where we had fun sledding (watch the champion sledder!), hiking and enjoying the view from the Jungfraujoch. It is quite an adventure to take the train through the Eiger to get to 3545m! Luckily we caught an early train and had about an hour of sunshine and unlimited visibility, before a major storm hit and turned the -24C into -40C with windchill and NO visibility.
We watched the fireworks in the neighbourhood and across the lake for a good half hour on New Year’s Eve … they had to make up for the bad music and entertainment on TV during the evening It was great to see family, spend time together, play cards and share laughs!
Check out the pictures. And consider experiencing the magic of Christmas in Germany yourself!
Just like Europe, we also need some more snow here in British Columbia. However, select areas have decent coverage for skate skiing and the first outings on backcountry skis (no powder though). We are hoping for a big dump of the white fluffy stuff but in the meantime, we are lucky to have all those options in our backyard. The season has started and I can’t wait for many km’s on the trails this winter!