Sunday 24th, we drove as a family to Val D'Isere for a family ski holiday. It was actually snowing on the coast when we left, which is a rare occurrence. Lining up 5 pairs of skis on the ski rack for the first time was amusing - in descending order.
A relatively easy 6hrs 30 later, and we arrived in Val, sorted out skis, checked into kids club and lesssons etc, and then met up with friends in the bar. An important aspect of skiing is the apres, and whilst I like to kid myself that it is altitude training, it is really an excuse to overindulge in every respect. It did not disappoint this time, with our days melding into each other. A typical day would be
6am get up, run.
7am get kids up and breakfasted, then put them into ski suits and boots (doing up other people's ski boots is as bad as one's own, in my opinion)
8.30am drop kids off
9am meet friends for skiing
12 noon pick kids up for lunch which invariably involved a pint or two
1-4pm ski with kids, friends
4-4.45pm Apres ski bar
5pm feed kids
5.30pm swim in the outdoor heated pool and roll in the snow, with kids
6.30pm shower, drop kids off in kids club
7.30pm dinner with Mrs, half bottle red each
9pm pick kids up from kids club, put them to bed
9.05pm meet friends in bar for Scrabble / Bingo / Pub Quiz
Rinse and repeat.
Despite the hectic schedule, it was a great deal of fun, and the kids had a blast. I did run 3x when in Val D'Isere, and the extreme cold (-30), altitude and inclines made for interesting terrain. Not to mention the snow.
Monday I did 14km after skiing. This was pretty intense as I ran out of road and ended up on the piste - going up, and then down again. 1hr 45 or so for 14km must be a record slow time! Wednesday I ran 10km, breakfasted the kids, then ran another 10km with Mrs R and a buddy, which was fun. I saw a fox first thing, and a mountain goat / deer on the second run. Friday I ran 10k, but it was very windy and deep snow, so quite tricky. The rest of the time I did some Upper Body stuff and obviously the skiing and the swimming, which were great.
We skied on saturday which was pretty nice - empty pistes, great snow, blue skies, and no lessons, and then drove back home. Unfortunately #3 was sick as we came down the mountain and #2 had an anxiety attack which wasn't ideal, necessitating a couple of stops, but we still made it home for 12.30am Sunday morning. I then woke at 6.30am, for my 31km run as scheduled. This, I admit, was painful, as the legs and body were pretty battered. However, I made it through in 3hrs 3 minutes - for a hilly route, ate and slept the rest of the day!
Now is definitely the time to knuckle down and put in the hard yards, though. I seem to have recovered from the accident nicely, and I am aiming to be more disciplined about food and training, which I definitely need to do if I am going to finish the WS100.