For the last few days there has been a very strange site in Lausanne
Yes, there was a pretty pathetic attempt over Christmas and New Year but now there is a half decent coating all around.
Well except on the roads of course where constant Snow Ploughing is more than a match for the mere winter.
Our normal rule is: If there is persistent snow on the balcony then it must be pretty decent.
First to Rivaz
To drop of some Birthday presents
Rivaz looks out onto the lake on the left and to the Vineyards on the right. Not bad, eh.
Unfortunately the house is a deadly Chickenpox zone. Marcus keeps his distance :-(
No to the Pox
Holding Marcus's parents entirely responsible (still !) I moan about the fact that as a child I was never given Chickenpox.
So we waved instead, depositing Birthday presents and left. If Marcus were to contract the Pox at his age the results could be serious. (Note we tried to get vaccinated but the Doctor said I was too old ?! )
Let's Run then
To stay warm I'm actually running today in Decatholon Padded Cycling trousers and a Cycling Windstopper jacket. Don't want to make it too easy.
Running in deep snow requires something stopping the snow from getting into your shoes, primarily from ingress around the heel
Obviously in deep snow, that is above the ankle it is a sure bet that unprotected, snow will enter, be melted by your body heat, turn to water and lodge is an increasingly cold and uncomfortable puddle inside your shoes.
A gaiter surrounds the top of the shoe and has a strap often made out of leather going around the underside of the boot to keep the gaiter closely sealing around the shoe
We managed our snowy run without too much difficulty.
Daily exercise is one of our mantras. And in snowy conditions we just could not wait!
The greatest obstacles on our course : other people :-)