What a weekend! It was the most action packed oneI have had a long time.
1. Christmas Party
On Friday night we had our work Christmas Party which was probably the best I have ever had.
2. The Bierathlon Zurich
On Saturday morning I was up early to prepare for The Bierathlon with my teammate Tony Long. That was GREAT fun!
The results can be found here. We came 14th overall, first mixed couple, in 34.56 for 6.5km. I probably wont go into detail in a race report as our strategy and tactics are a BIG secret. But I really want to congratulate the organizers and especially the Biermaster – Markus Köhl – for creating such a great event and post-event party. He and Liselore are very admirable sportspeople. It was also great to see so many familiar Free Radicals faces!
Part of the preparation for the World Series Adventure Race in Ecuador, March is getting the long training sessions done on weekends. I hope to spend most weekends in January and Febuary ski touring or snow shoeing or running with a heavy backpack. The aim is to get about 10 hours of training in on most weekends. This training will be mostly aerobic so as to improve on that base but also to accustom my legs and body to long hours on the go.
I had planned a snow shoe tour for Sunday, to get out and about after the Bierathlon and the Christmas party and detox the system. Nothing hard as I didnt want to risk getting sick as I was going to be tired after the festivities. But a predicted 4 hour snow shoe tour turned into a 7 hour trail breaking and route finding adventure in Einsiedeln. We didnt predict how long it would take us to get from Einsiedeln to Gschwändistock and we quickly realised that we needed to make a quick descent from the ridge we were on through the forest in the direction of Unteriberg before it got dark. We had initially intended on going as far as Spital.
We had some emergency equipment, GPS and head torches with us and there was no risk of avalanche in that area as there is not that much snow yet.
Einsiedeln Snow Shoe Adventure