9. September 2013 by swissfitchick
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!
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.
Saturday greeted us with a beautiful start and the anticipation of a stunning and adventurous day.
I brought my glutenfree crunch mix I got from Heather with lentil, coconut, almonds and quinoa and mixed it in sugarfree plain yogurt….
PLUS 2 eggs and some smoked ham on the side.
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:
…plus my male best-friend Markus – him and me organized the tour.
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.
And then we reached the top!! Note: time was 11:50. 2 hours hill. Short break for pics and refuel…
After a short recovery, we cycled the last last bit to the Italian Side, Pass Stelvio, another 300 high meters.
What a view from there!
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…..
and then tackled ANOTHER hill – the last one!! Note: time was 5:15.
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…
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.
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!
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!!
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