Life in Tokyo and Brussels

Life in Tokyo and Brussels

Week 443 - January 31, 2016

LifePosted by michael Tue, February 02, 2016 18:37:23
A new running challenge has been booked and it will most probably also define where and when we will be spending our summer holiday.

Earlier this evening I registered (together with Peter) for a 31 km run in Switzerland. The run will take us from Sierre to Zinal and make us climb 2200m and descend 800m. We registered in the "Elite" class which allows us to start at 9h30 (and not an an impossible 5h30am for the Tourist class) but also requires us to finish the run in less than 5h30. This time-limit would be no issue at all for a normal 31km (doable in well under 2h30). But now we will have to run in the mountains and to be honest, we have no clue as to how long we will actually need.

The run is on Sunday August 14. As a consequence we will most likely be spending a week or 2 in the area (Italian Dolomiti?). Now that the run is booked, we can start planning the holiday as well.

In checking the details of the course I noticed that the run will take us past the Weisshorn hotel. I know this mountain hotel from an epic langlaufing trip I did with my father many years ago (see Week 291 for all the details). So the run will be a trip down memory lane as well.

We had another relatively quiet and family oriented weekend with a visit to the swimming pool, a birthday playdate for Alex with friends from school, a 15km run in the forest (with Alex accompanying me on the bike) and a lot of time at home spent playing, reading and watching movies.

On Friday evening we had Lave (a friend from Alex' class) for a sleep-over. It's nice to see how the kids play together and also how Alex and Lave were constantly discussing and trying to impress the other with knowledge about stuff they saw on TV (be it about animals or stuff about to happen in animation series).

With us spending lots of time at home there are again no pictures this week.