This winter, we had very few snow. December was ok. It was possible to ski and do cross country skiing from beginning of December. Christmas time was also tremendous with lot of snow and cold weather.
But then there were 2 or 3 periods of about a few days where it was very warm and snow was melting away. February and March was over weeks not enough snow to do cross country skiing in Einsiedeln.
Though conditions were not so good, I was able to do more than 400 kilometers cross country skiing. But mid of march, as one can see on the picture, snow was away. After Engadiner ski marathon, I was not in the mood any more to do skiing.
So I started biking and running again. And I were able to bring my physical condition very well over the winter. I already went from office to Einsiedeln by bike once and also did my first run from office to home this year. Worth to mention is also that I started with this heavy run without any training before.
It was not as cold as last year. We again started at 3 am in the morning, drove with the car to Landquart, continued by train to St. Moritz and from there you have to go by bus to Maloja, to the start of this famous race.
The ugly thing is, that you have to wait in Maloja about more than an hour until you can start and there is no tent where you can sit down and have warm. And all the restaurents are full, almost exploding. Last year we found an open church where we waited. But this year, this church was closed. Luckily we found that the entrance hall of the local community office was open. So we sat down on the floor and waited there.
The race was very very hard. The snow was ok at the first 20 kilometers, but then is was so slow, that the rest of the race was a fight against the snow. I was very exhausted, when I finished. The snow on the last 500 meters was artificial snow, deep and heavy. On the last 100 meters I really played with the idea to put off the skiers and walk the remaining hundret meters.
I needed 3 hours and 40 seconds. My wish was to stay below 3 hours. Almost reached. But the whole day was a great advanture. Looking forward to next year!
Every hear, we go for a week to Mauterndorf, the small village in the mountains in Austria, where I was born and grew up. This year, the weather and the snow were very good. There were a few days, when sun was not shining, but even then, we were skiing and had fun.
Our target for this year was, that the younger daughter also learns skiing. For this reason, we sent both girls to a skiing training in the local skiing school. Lia was not convinced, but Zoe joined for a whole day. And after that, she was also able to ski alone. Target reached!
I did skiing every day, for at least 2 hours, and we tested all 3 local skiing areas: Speiereck, Fanningberg and Katschberg. Fantastic skiing areas. Once I even hiked to the top of Speiereck which is 2400 meters altitude together with my brother. And on the same day, we did several skiing tours down Restalm, through deep snow. It was like 20 years ago, when we did this each winter.