Marvelous in my Monday – Alp Challenge 2013

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9. September 2013 by swissfitchick

Hey friends!

I survived! If you read Friday’s post, you know I took the challenge to ride the highest Pass of Switzerland – and I did. Let’s talk about this marvelous adventure in today’s recap! Thank you Katie for hosting the Monday Party!

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We arrived Friday night in Santa Maria, which is pretty much the other end of Switzerland. Carboload was the topic for dinner – clearly I needed that stuff for an upcoming DAY of cardio.

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Saturday greeted us with a beautiful start and the anticipation of a stunning and adventurous day.

IMG_8636IMG_8634Pre-Fuel was on the plan! The buffet was fantastic – a big variety of fresh and organic products and perfect to load up on energy for the day.

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I brought my glutenfree crunch mix I got from Heather with lentil, coconut, almonds and quinoa and mixed it in sugarfree plain yogurt….

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PLUS 2 eggs and some smoked ham on the side.

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And then we started. There was no warm-up part or something, we rode right into the hill. Talk about kick ass start. Note: starting time was 9:50 am.

Snacks were packed:

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The boys and me.

The boys and me.

IMG_4803 IMG_4805 IMG_4802My Boss was part of the group too, as every year….

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…plus my male best-friend Markus – him and me organized the tour.

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We rode up and up and up…..it seemed like it never ends. Beautiful scenery on the way up! I was in a good shape and I was mentally strong that day. Everytime I started to feel weak, I either distracted myself by thinking of something completely off subject (like, how my new Blog logo should look like, how I want to split my workouts next week, how many days are left until vacation etc.), listened to music (without headphones – yeah. I was cycling up while Guns’n Roses blared out of my trouserpocket), or I told myself how strong I am and that with every pedal I am one step closer to the top. I made it with only 1 break.

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And then we reached the top!! Note: time was 11:50. 2 hours hill. Short break for pics and refuel…

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It’s ok, I know my cycling attire looks so darn sexy….at least my manicure and pedicure is fresh and done.

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Cococnut water, BCAA, water

Coconut water, BCAA, water

WE DID THAT!

WE DID THAT!

After a short recovery, we cycled the last last bit to the Italian Side, Pass Stelvio, another 300 high meters.

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What a view from there!

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The Boss and I

The Boss and I

We had lunch and more silly conversations, (I can not even remember when we had a serious talk this weekend. It was hilarious and the more tired we got and the more alcohol we drank, it got even worse. Dying.) we rode downhill. Note: time was about 2pm. Not my favorite. I have a LOT respect for the speed and the curves which going down a passroad brings, and I wasn’t sad when it was over. We rode through a few Italian villages, took another break…..

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and then tackled ANOTHER hill – the last one!! Note: time was 5:15.

Target on sight!!

Target on sight!! – Lago di Poschiavo

And then…..oh yes. We arrived the final destination, our hotel in La Prese. Note: time was 6:45pm. I couldn’t shower fast enough, cause all I wanted was my reward…

PROSECCO!!!!

PROSECCO!!!!

It wasn’t champagne, but eff yeah….beggars can’t be choosers. This is the BEST sip of the whole year, I swear. I was close to dancing on the table with all the endorphins and adrenalin that was flowing through my vains, but ya know….I was the only woman and I am blonde. If possible, I tried to avoid embarrassment…..

….which of course did not work. Do you notice the little swollen blue spot on my right wrist joint? Eek! The traditional fall. Here’s the initial situation: Late Saturday afternoon, summery temperatures, an italian village, people are strolling through the streets, shopping, eating Ice Cream, enjoying themselves. A group of a few guys and one blonde girl with racing bikes make their way on the street. On the corner, a little cafe, with outside seating, every chair is occupied. The cyclists get up on the sidewalk to stop – the blonde does the same but hasn’t got enough speed and – falls. With the click shoes in her pedals, she can not get them out fast enough and with both feet GLUED to the pedals she falls sideways like a puppet – IN FRONT OF EVERYONE. Yeah. I am cool like that. Advantage – I had like 4 men surrounding me in no time to help me up. Did I feel better about it?? Not really🙂 But I am happy I could provide some entertainment and smiles on everyone’s face🙂

In the end, we all made it and the mood was GOOD!!! All in all, we absolved almost 100km, 2100 high meters and sat on the bike for probably a bit more than 5 hours.

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I must say, that I was in a better shape than the years before and it makes such a BIG difference if you can tackle such a challenge and feel good during the ride instead of suffering at least 50% of the way and feeling completely off when arriving. I realized that my training structure and my current meal plan paid off, and even with being completely out of my comfort zone the whole weekend, I enjoyed it to the fullest, and as all of you my lovely readers wished to me before I left – I HAD a BLAST! Thank you for all your cheering!

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Heading back home!

How was your weekend? 

Ever had a ‘blonde’ moment? I have tons of them. It’s ok, I am used to it meanwhile🙂

Have you ever been to the Swiss Alps? If not, put it on your bucketlist!!!

Happy Monday everyone!!

xxx

Lucie

32 thoughts on “Marvelous in my Monday – Alp Challenge 2013

  1. Dani =) says:

    Hi! I just wanted to let you know that since I enjoy reading your blog, I nominated you for a Shine On award! http://danisfitnessdiary.wordpress.com/2013/09/08/keep-on-shining-on/

  2. You did amazing buddy! I followed the picture recap on instagram and twitter! those views are incredible and of course, you rewarded yourself in the best way possible! Hope the lower body is treating you well today!

  3. Ah a huge congrats to you, Lucie…WHAT an achievement! Those pictures are gorgeous and I bet the view alone made the whole thing worth it :)! Sorry you fell over but love your attitude…and hey, at least you got a good story out of it :D!

  4. Wow Lucie! This is AmAZiNG! I am so envious of your exploration and cycling party! I always have blonde moments, the perks of being a blondie😉 I love all of the photos and can just imagine you rollin away! I love stories like this I am So inspired! Lots of Love your way gorgeous C

  5. Enora says:

    Hi Lucie!
    Congratulations! This is amazing … And pretty crazy!! You can be proud of what you have done!
    Are you sore today?
    Have a good start of the week!

  6. Congrats! That looks so beautiful! I want to learn to bike but I’m scared. I took a spin class and couldn’t walk for a week!

  7. What an amazing experience! Those views are gorgeous🙂 Congrats on such an awesome journey and accomplishment!

  8. I’m glad that you had a good time Lucie – it’s such an amazing accomplishment! And your story pretty much confirms why I’m afraid of clip-in bikes…because that fall you described would happen to me at least once…but more likely every time I tried to get off the bike. I’m naturally clumsy, so it just wouldn’t bode well for me :-p

  9. Holy.wow. Aside from the absolutely breathtaking views, that ride must have felt like such a huge accomplishment. Congratulations, Lucie! Isn’t it amazing what we’re capable of when we treat our bodies properly? I look at some of the things I can do now that I couldn’t do back in the day and I’m just so thankful that I finally smartened up and started treating myself the way I should. And you better believe the Alps are on my bucket list! Promise to show me around?😀

  10. That scenery AND YOU are so beautiful!

  11. WOW that looks amazing, I would LOVE to visit there AND have my bike with me…. definitely adding it to the bucket list🙂

  12. So proud of you!!!! The ride looks beautiful! I would LOVE to go as would SuperFit!

    “Everytime I started to feel weak, I either distracted myself by thinking of something completely off subject” <—- I do it all the time lol

  13. How awesome! Congrats! Your pics and the views are absolutely breathtaking! I can just imagine how the scenery must look in person!

  14. Wow, that scenery really is breathtaking. Congratulations of that ride, I can’t even imagine riding a bike up that mountain (or riding a bike for an extended period of time at all, lets be real), I can imagine how heavenly that first sip of prosecco must have tasted.😉

  15. Wow – stunning views! That must have been amazing in person! Congrats on the ride, what an amazing accomplishment!

  16. Lisa says:

    Haha, my life is basically a blonde moment so I feel you on that one😉
    It looks like it was a wonderful ride and I’m so happy to hear you’ve been the most healthy this year you rode. That’s amazing progress!
    The scenes are seriously gorgeous.

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