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Swiss Summer

Sunday, July 25th, 2010

Wow it’s been nearly 2 months now that I have been here in Leysin! This is my second summer here and somehow it is turning out to being even better than last summer. I kept a chart last year of each time I rode up the mountain from Aigle, in total I climbed it 30 times…Today I checked off trip number 24. With a few more weeks to go I am confident I will surpass last summers mark.

Not only has the training been fantastic and I have checked off many more boxes in Doc’s training regime but I have also managed to check off some the things on my Switzerland bucket list as well.

In June the Tour de Suisse rode ride up our hill from Aigle so we were able to catch a glimpse of the peleton as it rode by.

Coming Through Le Sepey

Coming Through Le Sepey

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Riding Home After A Fun Filled Day

Riding Home After A Fun Filled Day

One of my big regrets from last year was that I did not go down to the Montreux Jazz Festival for at least 1 concert so this year I was very keen to go see Ben Harper.   The only photo I have is the one Tamsin took of James, not Batman James, but Aussie/Brit James and I sucking back the 6 beers I bought.  You see I didn’t get enough for dinner so I needed to load up on the carbs with beer.  I bought 6, 3 for me and 3 for James, thinking we could bring them into the concert hall.  But the Swiss being the Swiss, we were not allowed to bring our drinks into the hall with us.  Why you might ask?  Because they love clear floors and let me tell you…you could have eaten off this floor, it was sparkling.

Beer = The perfect recovery fuel.... in MODERATION ;-p

Lets see what else is there?  Oh I had never been to the top of the mountain in Leysin so I really wanted to hike it.  So a few weeks ago we had a bit of rest so Jodie and I went for a hike.

leysin-2010-046We didn’t quite make it to the top because I had to be back by 5:30 so I could go see the track meet in Lausanne with Caroline.  But this is a picture from our turn around spot.  Next time I might just take the chair lift rather than hike since I have some races coming up…

So as I was saying we had to hustle back down  the mountain because Caroline scored us some tickets to go see the Diamond League Track Meet.  I really wanted to go last year but no one had a car and  taking the train back at night you run the risk of missing the last train up and we know all about what happens then, either you pay the taxi driver 100CHF or you hike up the rail line like Doc did over the winter…

We Had Pretty Good Seats

We Had Pretty Good Seats

Then last week when the Tour de France came to Morzine, which is a gorgeous ski town not too far away, A.J., former TBBer and Lisbeth’s Husband needed someone to drive his car to the village as he and his mate Teig were riding that days stage. They had an extra room so asked if Matty and I would drive the car, spend the night, and then watch the tour the next day.  Since it fell on a Saturday night, we did our days training, then hoped in the car.  The next morning I got up and did my long run along the route which the riders would be taking just a few hours later.  It was a great run and really good fun!

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A.J., Matty, and I

A.J., Matty, and I

And Here They Come...

And Here They Come...

Like Seeing A Champion Boxer Getting Knocked Out:(

Like Seeing A Champion Boxer Getting Knocked Out:(

Racing Back To The Pub To See The Finish

Racing Back To The Pub To See The Finish

A.J. and Teig were shouting, “Living the dream boys, we are living the dream!” as we ran down the mountain back to the pub…

The last thing on my summer bucket list was to ride around lake Geneva.  The day of the Ben Harper show, the boys and I departed early in the morning covering the 215km trip with time to spare for a quick nap before the show.  This was one of the most beautiful rides I have been on…

My intention was to do a whole blog about our apartment here in Leysin but time has gotten away from as we seem to be spending a bit more time on our bike this summer.  So here is the abbreviated version.  First though I must thank Sam Renouf, another former Sutto athlete who has kindly rented us his pad for the summer!  Thanks Sam we love the apartment!!

We have appropriately named our apartment the ‘Bat Cave’.  It’s full time residents are James, the smart ass South African, Matty, the French Speaking Canadian who’s ever other word is eh, and me the American with way too much energy.  The Alpha 7 residence is where we hang our hats… As a result of  our 3 different personalities it can be quite entertaining most nights, each one of us have a sense of humor so the jokes never stop flying.

We like to think of the ‘Bat Cave’ as having an open door policy, visitors have been coming and going all summer.  The Marsh’s come to use the internet from time to time, the chicks come to do the same as well as enjoy the occasional glass of wine, my home stay from Nice, Pierre, stopped in for a night as he was racing in near by Les Baines.  We even had a surprise visit a few nights ago when T-Macs hubby Chris locked himself out of his apartment and needed a place to crash.  I woke a bit confused to see some strange man sleeping on our couch.  At first I thought it was a local student who might have been drunk and wandered into the wrong apartment but then I got closer and realized who it was…

Most night we eat in as it is much cheaper to cook with the Prix Guarantee items from Coop than it is to go out to dinner.  After a few weeks I get a bit tired of the cheapo brand of pasta and sauce so I decided to spring for some fancy sauce and gnocchi.  Matty was so impressed I thought I would take a photo….

leysin-2010-0531 Since I sprung for the expensive dinner I had to stick with cheap table wine at 2CHF

Matty Enjoying A Glass

Matty Enjoying A Glass

Sometimes we convert the ‘Bat Cave’ into Scottie D’s Barber Shop

Brandon Getting A Trim

Brandon Getting A Trim

So as you can see it has been quite the summer thus far!  I have a few more things on my Leysin bucket list but those I will save for the winter time as I really want to spend a winter here some time.  Brett’s wife Fiona suggests I find a local Swiss girlfriend so that I can stay with her over the winter…I like the way she thinks!!!

Tomorrow we we begin our annual Team TBB tour de france as we head to the Alpe d’ Huez triathlon.  We will take some photos and promise to write some great race reports when we return…

Till next time!  We ride!!
SD

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Ironman France: A Disappointment

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

Last Sunday I returned to Nice for Ironman France with the hopes of having my best race yet…I am the strongest I have ever been and the most prepared I could have been leading up. After spending 3 weeks in Leysin with my teammates I was ready to attack the mountainous bike course…  Perhaps I attacked a bit too hard as I was quite ill coming off the bike so decided to pull out after 8k of the run…

After a difficult swim in which I put myself into a terrible situation I was very excited to get on my P4 and start climbing. I went hard from the start but to me it did not feel too hard…I never felt fatigued or any sign of struggle until about 3kms from the top of the last climb.  At this point I began to recognize the symptoms of what I was feeling. I started to refuel and believed that once onto the run I would come around just like I did in St. George last month. Unfortunately it was not meant to be this time around!  Dropping out of a race is not fun!!!!  You feel like you are letting so many people down but the reality of the situation was that I could have slogged through a 3hour 30min marathon or slower which might have taken a lot more out of me than if I would have nailed this race and run 2:50…

Picture taken by Pierre Moulierac

Picture taken by Pierre Moulierac

So I live to fight another day and am hoping to race in the next few weeks so I can forget about the demeans from Nice.  This set back hurts more than others because I absolutely love the city of Nice as well as this race but I will return again next year with the hopes that the 3rd time will be the charm.

Despite my disappointment on Sunday I tried my best to enjoy Monday, going for a nice ride along the coast to Monaco and then enjoying a perfect afternoon swim in the sea along the beautiful cliffs that make the coast of Southern France so breathtakingly beautiful!!  I then accompanied Erika at the awards ceremony in celebration of her 2nd place finish.

Merci beaucoup a les Moulierac pour leurs hospitaliter!  Thank you to the Moulierac’s for your hospitality!!  I loved staying in your home, enjoying the views, and practicing my French!!  You are a wonderful family and I can’t wait to return to either race or train with Pierre some time soon!!

Yesterday I made the trip back by car with Erika.  It was a gorgeous drive through Italy and the first time I have been in my family’s  home country so very special to me!!  We are having a team photo shoot  over the next 2 day swith Cervelo and Blueseventy and then it is back to work as soon as possible with my eyes on the horizon for my next crack at an Ironman!!!

SD

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