Areche, Pierra Menta country hosted the French National Championships (individual) yesterday. This was my first real objective of the season and I was happy that it fell into place for me on this day, my oldest son’s 8th Birthday. I came in 2nd overall just behind Laeticia Roux and in front of Corrine Favre, both of whom are exceptional athletes. Laeticia a World Champion in ski mountaineering and Corrine and exception trail runner and ski alpinist. I took first place in my “new” catatgory this year, Veteran. I am proud to bring home a French national Championship medal, but even more happy to go home after and give my birthday boy a squeeze after a great day of racing.
After a summer of being injured, this is great start to a beginning of my ski mo season, but surely with lots more work to come. Our club, Chamonix ski alpinisme had a strong presence of 17 people at the French Nationals which was a record! It was a great ambience to have the whole skimo family there!
A little word of thanks to my Sponsors! Thanks Petzl, Hammer Nutrition My gel pouch fell out in a transition but HEED got me through all the way in the race just under 2 hrs! Sportlegs kept my legs from cramping on the killer descents! I used my Camelbak Race vest which worked great and kept the drink from freezing! Pierre Gignoux boots were awesome especially in the descending in the tough snow with the compression. My Swix poles worked well even in the deep powder snow. My Suunto kept me on track with cardio. Thanks to Eyeshop for protecting my eyes with some great goggles! It was snowing and tough to see! I can’t forget Wild Roses, who adds the splash of pink to my wardrobe, keeps me warm and dry on and off the slopes and encourages all women to follow their dreams. I will surely be heading to Maison Carrier sometime soon to celebrate!
Today I will enjoy a little recup and make some turns on some fatter skis.
Next big objective, French National Champs in Sprint which we are hosting here in Chamonix next sunday evening under the night lights of Les Planards. It should be a great event to watch!