skate skiing40:28 8.23 km (4:55 / km) +161m4:29 / km ahr:113 max:146
Went out for a short ski while Marc and Matti did a 20km skate race. Marc pulls Matti behind who is holding onto a cord. Matti has alpine skis on, so it's like water skiing for him and the downhills he skis actively. It was so cute that they did the race, which was a partner race, so Marc needed to do it with someone. They both had start numbers and a timing chip. I was expecting them in the finish after doing this 10km loop, but Matti wanted to do another loop instead of stopping, so that is how they ended up doing the 20km. I am surprised he can hold on for that long, but he was super happy in the finish and it doesn't seem to tire him out that much.
I can still feel my cold. It's annoying.
skate skiing1:07:10 10.33 km (6:30 / km) +178m5:59 / km ahr:105 max:151
Today is Kathy's 70th birthday and we organised a surprise birthday party for her on Vue des Alpes. Luckily the party plans included a moment to ski up at La Vue. After so many days of rain/snow up there and then now warm temperatures, the snow was very deep and slushy. The west wind was strong and sometimes I felt like a snail could have skied faster ;-) No matter though, because I enjoyed it very much and the wonderful weather is just such a treat. Afterwards we had a dinner with friends and family. She was completely surprised (which surprised me, because I figured she has noticed we were planning something).
Unfortunately, this looming cold has now hit. Got a sore throat after skiing and felt pretty awful by the end of the evening. Hope it's not a long ordeal.
Orienteering (setting controls) 1:14:19 5.9 km (12:36 / km) +153m11:09 / km ahr:130 max:166
A beautiful day (finally after so many days of pouring rain) and a beautiful forest to set controls in. On my way up to the parking I heard an interview from someone who said something that really stuck with me. He said that he had to learn to "see the forest despite all the trees". Interesting problem. Kind of cliché just before going orienteering, but so true in some many situations. I feel like this happens so often in people who have lives like you and I, everything is actually just great, and maybe even a bit too good for our own good, so we don't see the forest anymore. Appreciate and stop complaining/wanting more is such a good lesson.
Anyhow, I went and set controls and I saw the forest and enjoyed the amazing sunset on the way home! The first few controls were hard to set and I felt insecure for a while, but then I got into a rhythm and didn't need to verify many of the controls, just into the circle, bang, and keep going. Nice feeling, but I also know the forest very well. I set 24 controls in total. The first control I set which was tricky was also the first control on the course at night and it seems like they all searched for it. The depression is small and really in the green and at night you probably couldn't see it at all. I was hoping they would see the reflector and hung it high to help.
Rest day. Was with Lena all day so not many possibilities to get out for a run. Could have gone at 7pm, when Marc got home from work, but it was dinner time and I had a few things to do once the kids were asleep. With the small cold I have it's better to rest a bit anyway.