Here in Lausanne we are about 40 minutes away from multiple ski and snowboarding resorts. Of course since about 2013 we think those sports are a little easy and so we prefer to just run up and down the snow filled mountains.
But in 2014
We checked the webcam
Oh dear! The snow poor view is pretty disastrous. [Agata maintains we should start investing in the manufacturers of the artificial snow machines!]
So in December 2014 we are still cycling.
This is the weather forecast for the coming Christmas week
Now you may think this activity is easy, but I can tell you when done properly it still takes a lot of time and effort ...
Check our bicycles before the ride.
We don't just check our brakes and components but even our shoes. We also check the external temperatures to precisely adjust what clothing and over-clothing (thermal boots) etc, to wear.
For these winter rides on pristine tarmac we adjust our clincher tyres to 120psi even in these /winterish/ conditions.
It's very important to take the phone for whilst we do carry some tools a phone based rescue is always a possibility.
Marcus's relatively new Garmin Smartwatch which uploads to GarminCconnect is now displaying a miserably small number of Calories burnt even for this gentle run. (Compared to the old TomTom)
Whilst the temperature was an astonishing 7 degrees C it was also rather windy and so we finished the training run COLD.
We are back and need to recharge our lights.
Upload metrics and recharge
Recharge the music player
Recharge the heart rate monitor
Get all that washing on
Clean up our water bottles
At long last it is time to relax for dinner and a
Spot of wine. After all, it is Christmas time.
So, going for an afternoon training cycle is still a bit of a palava, but it has to be done, currently the slopes are in no real condition for a powder, off piste, run.