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.
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.
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.
We 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…
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!
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….
Sometimes we convert the ‘Bat Cave’ into Scottie D’s Barber Shop
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!!
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