Roller Ski Training in Switzerland

As we turn back the clocks and try to savor a few hours of morning light, I reflect on the magnificent recent change of season in the Alps. Today, snow dusted our lawn and blanketed the hills. Temperatures dropped to -4 degrees. I am not sure I could live anywhere where there were no changes of seasons. To me, it brings renewed strength, challenge and energy. The change of season is good for our health, to cleanse from the summer months, and bring new energy inside and refocus on what’s to come.  The changing of the leaves, the temperatures, change of sports, energy levels and perspectives. I try to take a deep breath in and out and embrace what is to come.

The family send off before Michael and Birken start their Tour de Suisse

We have had some amazing Indian Summer days this past month.  I spent a good part of September recovering from the CCC, kicking off the school year and enjoying family time. Prior to the start of school, Michael and Birken took a bike trip around Switzerland, covering much of the route he passes on when he guides with Bike Switzerland .

School got off to a start in early September, and the boys were very eager to get back to see their friends.

Start of First Grade -French Style CP

I managed to get in some great last trail runs between the rain storms of September and into the Indian summer days of October.

Holding onto summer trail running just a bit longer…

Come October, I enjoyed more time on the bike, enjoying the cols around Chamonix.

A rainy day at the Chirvathalon Team race

We had bike rides in the rain and shine…..

Birki biking across the Swiss countryside

Indian summer days with fresh snow in the mountains

Steller colors in the Alps on our hike up to the Plan d’aiguille

Our ski alpinisme club hiked up the Plan d’aiguille for a training and social.

Birken made a good effort hiking up to Plan d’aiguille with our Chamonix Ski Alpinisme team

Roller skiing has been a bigger focus this last month. It can be logistically complicated to get up those 800 meter climbs and then get down…

Roller Skiing with Mont Blanc in the distance

One of the highlights for the school children is the local schools’ cross country race. It combines all the local schools, with ages from 1st to 5th grade. It is a great way for the children to value the  importance in working towards a goal in sport and finding the confidence to reach the finish line. Both our boys took part this year , Anders 2nd in his division and Birken 3rd in his.

Anders before the race with his friend

Cervinia opened  mid October.The first day back on snow always feels a bit strange, but kind of like riding a horse….you never forget.. Just my transitions were not lightning fast.

First Ski of the season at Cervinia

What is the winter  season shaping up to be? For me, the big races will start in January with the French National individual race,  then the first World cup kicking off 2nd weekend in January. This year there are 5 World Cup races, including 3 sprints, 2, verticals and 5 individuals. All of these races will holds the same number of points. The World Championships will be held in Pelvoux, France and will include Team. Sprint, Vertical, Individual and Relay. All but the Relay and Team will count towards overall World Cup points.

Michael has joined the ISMF team to help with the growth of skimountaineering in other nations with the ultimate goal of it being an olympic sport one day. The sport must show a presence of a wide range of nations on all continents. We will see this year at the world championships if there are more nations competing.

Line up of the World Cup ISMF calendar 2012

The other big races on the SkiMo calendar will be the Grande Course series. Coming up in November the Grand Course will launch a reception the 2013/2014 courses and they will honor the athletes in the top rankings. I will join the other athletes in this ceremony for my 5th place position.  This year’s Grande Course Races: Pierra Menta, Adamello and Mezzalama. And a new big race is the UltraTrak in Zermatt. I will see how it goes and if I will compete in the Grande Course this year.

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