This year I was also able to finish all races which belong to the “Best of three” championship in Einsiedeln.
There is the ski marathon, the “Sihlsee” running race and the “Iron bike” race. Only a few people participate at all three races. I did it also two years ago.
The ski marathon yesterday was very could. I did only the half marathon. The full distance would be to hard for me. But was a lot of fun!
The ski marathon trace in Einsiedeln is quite exhausting. It goes up and down the whole time, there is no time where it goes down for a longer time. Last year I expected to be able to do the whole distance, but this year I knew that this would not have been possible.
This year winter is not coming. It is end of November and still very warm. Yesterday I climbed the “Kleiner Mythen” and made a photo back to Einsiedeln. In the background you can see Einsiedeln and part of lake “Shilsee”.
This mountain is much more dangerous than its taller brother “Grosser Mythen”. You have to pass several spots where it’s possible to fall down. Normally I don’t fear the route, but this year I really were happy when I stood on top of the mountain, maybe because I am out of training.
But yesterday I did a new personal record: exactly 60 minutes from the parking place to the top. For going down I have exactly 40 minutes. Last year I have 5 minutes more!
The mountain on the picture is “Haggenspitz”, the third in this group. Only a few people are climbing this mountain. There is no official route and it is almost invisible. I were there a couple of years ago, also end of November. I think it must have been at least 4 years ago, when it was also very warm in November.
We had snow very early this year. We just came back from Cyprus where we had been for holidays. We had 30 degrees there and came back into winter. Was snowing and I drove back to Brunni with the girls to make a snowman. The first snowman this year.
Had a lot of fun with the kids. Is always impressive for them when we have the first snow. They like creating a snowman though I have to help them. Looks like a monster! :->
This year I started the third time for this bike race. Start and finish are just 500 meters from my home, so its a home race for me. A lot of neighbours attend this race too. It has three categories. I start for the smalest one. It goes over 55 kilometers and 2300 meters in altitude.
This year was my fastest race since I participat. I was 3 minutes faster than last year. This year I did a lot of training, especially the time when I went home with the bike from the office. This was enough training, so I had enough power to go as fast as possible from beginning to the end of the race.
It is much more fun if the race is not so exhausting. Additionally the weather was wounderful. Nice race this year and a lot of participants. I went to the start 15 minutes before starting time and had already to queue up very far behind the start line, but after 10 minutes I was in the middle of the crowd.
In winter there was a lot of snow. Then in March, suddenly it became warm and within a few weeks all the snow was gone and it went green and warm.
Now it is spring in Einsiedeln. The vegetation is weeks behind that in Zürich but everything is green and the flowers are showing their most beautiful colors.
I made a walking tour through the wood behind Einsiedeln. There is a small path which you can walk with children. The kids have a lot of fun, searching for flowers and trying to catch butterflies.
From the hill one can see the lake. Here I made a photo of my smaller girl in the middle a big field full of yellow and white flowers.
When I was a boy, I can remember that I myself was walking through flowers in the field. I was so small that I just could smell on the flowers because they grew up to my nose. Years later, when I was older, I was woundering why the flowers were so small. I remembered them going up to my nose.
Much later, when I was grown up I knew that the flowers have the same height nowadays. What makes the difference is that I am taller now!
This year we bought a ticket for the whole year for the skiing area just behind Einsiedeln. Our older taughter skis since last winter and has so much fun with it that we go for sking almost every weekend.
The younger taughter has to attend us. We put her onto a sledge where she sleeps very often. Then we make about 10 time the hill with the older taughter, the younger pulling around, go to the restaurent for french frees and a wheet beer. After one or two hours we go down to the village the small kid on the sledge and me or my wife behind her.
Its such a fun and the area is so beautiful. There are not to many people. The slope is not to steep, ideal for children. And this year there is such a lot of snow. It will be possible to ski for another month I think. And the panorama is amazing.
The name of the moutain on the picture is “Mythen”. Its just 15 minutes with the car from our flat. I can see it from our garden.
Christmas in Einsiedeln
It is christmas time in Einsiedeln. This year we have snow what was not so sure in the last years. In Einsiedeln there is every year a christmas market beginning in December.
There you can drink warm “Glühwein” or “Punch” and eat christmas specials. It is very romantic and a lot of people from everywhere are coming to Einsiedeln.
There is also a big christmas tree in front of the monastry. I took a photo from my little girls who have a lot of fun with the snow.
There is an old story about the foundation of Einsiedeln. A single priest was living here. His name was Meinrad which is still the holy name of Einsiedeln and he had two raves as house animals. The two raves are now the symbol of Einsiedeln.
Lia and Zoe
There is a lot of snow in November this year. First snow came two weeks ago but then it became warm again. Now winter is back in Einsiedeln. The children have a lot of fun. They are sloping down the small snow hills around the houses.
Einsiedeln is very beautiful in winter. From our flat the nearest scating slope is just 100 meters away. And on the other side of a big field there is just 1 kilometer away a skiing ascalator to where you can easily walk.