I dragged myself out of bed and headed to the start line for the RIG Schauinsland time trial. It was, being spring time in Freiburg, rather cold… At least that has been the pattern this spring and today was no different although it wasn’t raining! Aaaaamaaaazing.
There were 12 keen starters there at 9 am. My legs felt a little sluggish as I headed off as they didn’t seem to have recovered quite from the Tour de Kärnten and the Dolomites just yet. Despite this I puffed up the hill and was surprised when I looked at my speedo near the top and saw 36 minutes. Unfortunately I couldn’t push any harder along the flat section at the end but was still happy with my time of 38:15 (RIG time). This put me in 3rd place from the starters and in 3rd place overall for the RIG cup. The previous night’s alcohol seemed to have had a large negative impact on Marco as he would normally be a good bit faster than me on the climb. The time got me 6th place from 116 on Strava.
Schauinsland TT – Time 38:15 Dst: 11.4 km Avg: 18.1 km/h 33.8 Max: km/h Ascent: 773 m Place: 3rd
Above: Strava thought I was a second faster…
Above left: Jochen, Waltraud, Sebastian, Rebecca, and I went for a quick smash around the Schauinsland loipe on our cross country skis. The loipe was hard and the weather was nice and sunny. Yay. Unfortunately Seb seemed to be dying from some sort of lurgi and went home early. Above right: There were patches of mist along the way but predominantly blue skies.
Two more perfect cross country skiing sessions. The first with perfect weather and the second with perfect snow. A road ride squeezed in the middle.
Above: Perfect weather for cross country skiing, and not too bad for road cycling… How odd…
Above left: I got older too and received a cake for my efforts. Yay, thank you cake-maker. Above right: We set off for a quick zap around the Schauinsland track. It was just under zero and the snow conditions were perfect. Nice and quick.
Above: Cross country skiing Stübenwasenspur.
The first ski tour of the season. Jakob, Leonie, Walraud, and I headed up to Stollenbach Hütte and did a ski tour up onto Feldberg. The weather was a bit marginal and freezing at the top but still it was good to get out and remind myself how rubbish I am at skiing.
Above: Jakob sets the pace.
Above: A little corridor through the trees.
Above: Jakob helps Waltraud at the Feldberg summit.
Above: Snowy corridor.
Perhaps the last ride of the year. I went for a little jaunt up around Schoenberg on my mountain bike in the snow.
Above: Mountain biking in the snow around Schoenberg.