12.29.12 Tour de Ski
The stadium here in Oberhof is a big cement arena, bigger than a football field. And this is where the Tour de Ski starts, in only a few more hours! It's a total of 50km that the women race, in 7 races over 9 days, in 3 different countries! We'll move from Germany to Switzerland, to Italy, where we finish with a huge hill climb up the Alpine slopes. It's going to be a big challenge, but everyone here is very excited to start and just finishing the Tour will be a big goal of mine.
Skiers from Around the World:
So when we needed to get into the gym to do our strength training, a friend of ours on the German Biathalon team who is ranked high in the army was able to bring us to the base to use the gym. It was pretty cool getting to drive in with her and see the guards wave her in without even checking her ID!
All the houses and hotels here are covered with moss on the roof and walls because it rains so much here! I don't know how there is still snow on the trails because it has rained every day, but there is still good skiing and the race organizers have taken good care of the trails, so they are very skiable.
They have many waffle and crepe stands on the streets here, and for an afternoon snack people will walk by and get waffles covered in nutella, whipped cream, or cinnamon-sugar. Yum! But for dinner here they serve a lot of meats and cabbage, and the food is very salty, so sometimes you need to eat some bland vegetables with the meal in order to balance out all the salt and acid in the rest of the food.
Wish us luck in the tour, and I'm hoping for more snow back home!